The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has postponed the general elections by a week, few hours to the start of the polls.
According to the commission, the Presidential and National Assembly elections, initially scheduled for today, will now hold next week Saturday, February 23, while the governorship and state houses of assembly elections will take place on March 9.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, announced the decision at a short press briefing at 2:44am.
He said, following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan, and the determination to conduct free, fair, and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible.
According to the INEC boss, the postponement will afford the commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of the nation’s elections.
The press briefing followed a crucial meeting Professor Yakubu had with INEC’s twelve National Commissioners late on Friday night.
The polls were shifted despite earlier assurance by the INEC boss that the commission has no plan to postpone the elections.