JUST IN: INEC postpones presidential elections to next Saturday

By Sageer Kabeer

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the presidential elections to next week Saturday, February 23.

The governorship and state assembly elections slated for March 2, has also been postponed by one week, to March 9.

INEC chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu announced the postponement early Saturday morning, just few hours before the beginning of the voting.

Prof Yakubu said the postponement became necessary because “Proceeding with the election as planned is no longer feasible.”

The INEC chair cited operational and logistics problems as the reasons for the postponement.

The presidential and National Assembly elections were scheduled for today, February 16, while those of the governorship and state assembly elections were fixed for March 2.

The INEC chairman had a marathon meeting that lasted more than eight hours with 12 other national commissioners before he made the announcement.