INEC Reacts; Says No Going Back On February Elections

January 23, 2015 8:08 am

The dates for the general election in February may be hanging in the
balance as ’s NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), was quoted as calling
for postponement to give more time to distribute about 30 million
permanent voter cards (PVCs) to eligible voters who are yet to get their

But INEC has reacted to the call, insisting that there was no
operational reason, including the concerns over the distribution of the
PVCs, to postpone the February 14 presidential election and others.

According to Reuters, the NSA said he had discussed the matter with the
INEC chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, adding that a delay within the time
allowed by the law will not be a bad idea.

“That is what we are encouraging at the moment,” he said, noting that
INEC had been able to distribute 30 million PVCs but had an outstanding
30 million others to hand out.

Dasuki, who spoke on Thursday at a talk show at Chatham House, the
London think-tank group, further said that although INEC had assured him
it would achieve the task in time for the February elections, he
thought it would make more sense to take more time. According to him,
there is a 90-day window during which the election can legally take

Dasuki was said to have told Jega: “It costs you nothing, it’s still
within the law,” adding that it was for INEC and not him to decide on
the matter. “What sense does it make to vote three months early when
there are 30 million cards still with INEC? That’s my position.”

No basis to postpone election – INEC
The commission has however assured that there was no communication from
the presidency to postpone the election over complaints of the PVCs
distribution and that they are very much on course.

The chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, said: “We
have not received any official or unofficial communication to that
effect. From the point of our operation, the commission has not seen any
good basis to postpone the election.”

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