Protesters Storm INEC Office, Demand Shift of February General Elections

February 4, 2015 9:21 am

Protesters numbering about 100 stormed the headquarters of the
Independent National Electoral Commission, , Monday, demanding the
postponement of this month’s general election.

The youth gathered at the INEC headquarters in the Maitama District of
Abuja asking it to delay the polls because of the difficulty in the
distribution of the Permanent Voters Card, PVCs.

According to the protesters, only 40 per cent of the poll had been distributed ahead of the February 14
and 28 elections. They also claimed that INEC needed
960,000 ad hoc staff but that at the time of their protest the staff
had not been engaged.

They argued that if the polls were allowed to go ahead as scheduled, several million Nigerians would not be able to vote.The youth, who gathered at Unity Fountain beside Hilton Hotel before
marching to the INEC headquarters on Zambezi Street, were bearing
banners and placards with the inscriptions such as “Election is for
general participation, not for selective few”

“INEC, do the right thing,” “Don’t disenfranchise Nigerians,” “We demand
for the extension of election to allow Nigerian exercise their
franchise.”

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