The Independent National Electoral Commission is considering postponing Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State, hours after announcing that the poll will go ahead despite security fears.
Police and the State Security Service want the election rescheduled on security grounds. The two agencies released a statement on Wednesday citing “credible intelligence” indicating a plot by hoodlums to disrupt the polls and attack residents.
But the electoral body, INEC, had affirmed its earlier schedule, saying it would not be “teleguided”. The commission also said suspending the polls would be costly after reaching at least 97 per cent readiness level.
The commission appears to have buckled under pressure to reverse itself and postpone the election, multiple sources told PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday.
They said INEC reversed the decision after police and the SSS said they could not guarantee security during the polls.
One source suggested INEC was pressured to change its decision.
“The SSS and the police clearly said they can’t guarantee the security of INEC’s personnel and materials,” the source said.
A formal announcement by the commission is being awaited.
PREMIUM TIMES will bring more details as they are available.