Why 2019 Elections Can Not Be Postponed – INEC Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has waded off the speculations that the 2019 elections may be shifted because of the delay encountered at the Nationally Assembly to approve the budget.

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says no condition should warrant the postponement of the 2019 elections.

Mahmood Yakubu made this clearly known yesterday in Abuja while he was responding to queries about the over 200 billon budget.

Under him as head, he stated that commission has been very transparent, adding that this is the first time in the history of the country that citizens would know the line by line expenditure of the commission.

“I have said this over and over again, there are no conditions under which elections should be postponed, under section 26 of the Electoral Act, the date is formed and fixed, February 16, 2019,” he said.

“We issued the timetable way in advance for the very first time in the history of our nation, citizens of Nigeria know when elections will take place one year in advance. It has never happen before.

“Secondly, also for the very first time in the history of our country, that citizens know the budget of the electoral commission, that budget has never been defended before the national assembly, as citizens know line by line how much the commission proposed, what the money is going to be spent on, I think I am very happy with this
process.”

The INEC chairman also revealed that as of Friday, 12.1 million people had been registered for the 2019 polls.

The INEC chairman said the newly registered Nigerians would be added to the existing 70 million voters.

“Well, you know we started the continuous voters registration exercise on 27th April 2017, so we have been as provided for in our constitution registering voters consistently in the last 16 months,” he said.

“In response to appeal by Nigerians, we have created more centers for the registration but finally decided that we should suspended the process as provided for by the law, six months to the elections. But gain in response to appeal by Nigerians we have now extended to the end of the month.

“As at saturday last week the 11th of August, we have registered 12.1 million citizens, this will eventually be added to the 70 million voters that is already registered for the 2019 general elections. We have voters register of
over 80 million citizens.”

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