Boko Haram: INEC postpones elections indefinitely in 18 Yobe units

FILE PHOTO: QUEUE OF VOTERS AT AN INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPs) CAMP DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN MAIDUGURI ON SATURDAY (28/3/15).

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Yobe, Habu Zarma, on Sunday said the electoral commission, INEC, had postponed elections indefinitely in 18 polling units in Giedam Local Government Area of the state due to security challenges.

He told journalists in Damaturu that security challenges in the council area had scared adhoc staff from going to conduct election in the affected units on Saturday and Sunday.

“Elections could not hold in those areas on Saturday and Sunday due to security challenges.

“The commission will meet to consider the position of the affected units,” the commissioner said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that rescheduled elections were ongoing in 18 polling units in Fika, Potiskum and Yunusari Local Government Areas on Sunday.

The commissioner said the elections were shifted in 10 polling units in Fika, four in Potiskum and and four in Yunusari Local Government Areas due to late delivery of electoral materials.

“The elections are currently taking place peacefully in the affected polling units in the three Local Government Areas except Giedam,” Mr. Zarma said.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections were conducted peacefully in other council areas on Saturday across the state.

Yobe is one of the states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency although the Nigerian military recently announced it had taken full control of all territory in the state from the insurgents.

(NAN)


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