Thursday, February 7, 2019

We’ll Not Postpone Polls, INEC Assures

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has foreclosed any possibility of postponing the forthcoming general elections.

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu assured Nigerians and the international community that no election will be postponed.

There are pending legal tussles from the primaries organised by political parties suggesting that INEC may have to postpone some elections.

But Yakubu noted that the commission will not be swayed into postponing any of the polls.

He disclosed this on Thursday at stakeholders meeting organised by INEC.

He noted that the commission has been dragged to court for 640 times and received 540 applications for the certified true copy of documents.

Yakubu promised the commission under him would continue to obey all court orders, assuring that it would not be deterred in the discharge of its functions.

“Court cases arising from the conduct of congress and primaries have risen to 640. INEC has been dragged to court 640 times, we have received 540 requests for certified true copy of documents. We have received 186 petitions over the conduct of congresses and party primaries.

“It is d policy of INEC to obey court orders. People ask if the judgements from these courts are decided close to elections if INEC will postpone the elections, INEC will not postpone any elections but we will make contingency arrangements in case some of the orders come close to elections,” he said.

The INEC chairman also assured the stakeholders that he would “never fail Nigeria and Nigerians.”