INEC may reverse self, to ‘postpone’ Edo election

PIC. 33.  INEC CHAIRMAN VISITS NYSC  HEADQUARTERS IN ABUJA

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.

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  • olubaba mascot

    inconsistent people

  • amazing2012

    They are daft and arrogant. Your job is to conduct election which must take cognizance to security and readiness of other institutions.
    For Inec to insist to go ahead for the election despite warning from the main constituent of election(security), it means Inec have hiding agenda to favor someone it sealed deal with !

    • ochon

      Moronic sycophant. You cried to high heavens when this same thing happened in 2015 in the build up to presidential election. Where is this double standard leading u

      • amazing2012

        Did the crying of the masses stop them ? Then why now ?

        • JOHN

          There was war in NE then. Is Edo close to Borno State? I think you should grow up and be patriotic.

  • Bo Biz

    DSS and Police is being used to insult the collective intelligence of Nigerians and sabotage democracy by the powers that be.

  • Gabriel Olasebikan

    2019 loading.

    • Iskacountryman

      apc magicians at work…

  • B. Messi

    Haha!
    Ahahahahaa!
    Down down..DOWN!
    APC IS GOING DOWN..AND CLUTCHING AT STRAWS(BROOMS?)!
    Ordinary Local government elections under APC’s INEC are INCONCLUSIVE!
    Common gubernatorial elections under same APC-INEC are Jettisoned! As in DEAD ON ARRIVAL!
    SO HOW WILL THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS BE??
    TECHNICALLY FANTASTICALLY INCONCLUSIVELY DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL!
    APC is finished!
    Nigeria is in trouble.
    R.I.P. DEMOCRACY!

  • Iskacountryman

    this election would be inconclusive….

    • Intrepid

      Wise old Tatata. You know your people very well.

  • tony H

    FFK na “winch” O! He told you all that Nigerians will apologize and beg GEJ to come back.

  • JOHN

    This is not fair to the Edos and PDP. This is the height of corruption. Remember there is no war in Edo. The SSS and police said terrorists are planning to attack soft targets during the Eids celebration. I think it is the Eids celebration the APC federal government should postpone and not the harmless Edo election. Nigerians suspect foul play because INEC said they were forced to take this reckless decision.