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CSO demand explanation from INEC over potponement of election

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INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

BY SARAUNIYA G USMAN, ABUJA

Following the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections from 16th to 23rd February 2019,The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has expresses disappointment and shock over the postponement of the polls inspite assurance by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 Nigeria General Elections.

Over 70 civil society groups observing the election process, called on INEC to provide a clear explanation to Nigerians on what went wrong and steps taken to avert reoccurrence.

The Commission needs to explain to Nigerians how they are able to address the extra financial and logistics burden that has occasioned.

In his remarks, during a press briefing today in Abuja, the convener of the groups,
Dr. Clement Nwankwo, who sympathised with Nigerians, called on political parties and other stakeholders on election to put Nigeria first and channeled every grievances to the appropriate authorities.

The group also expressed dissatisfaction with the treatment of the national youth corp members and other adhoc staff of INEC.

The group therefore called on INEC and all Nigerians to reach out to these youths and provide support necessary to keep them fed and safe.

In a period of uncertainties, fake news and hate speech could be destabilising.” We urged for restraint and call on all stakeholders to refrain from misinformation and inciting comments that are capable of undermining peace and security.

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“INEC must take steps to hold persons responsible for this unfortunate events especially with respect to the polls,collation and enforcement of rules”.

There is no doubt that this postponement has imposed unforeseen financial and logistics burden on political parties, candidates, business and the generality of Nigerians.

Situation Room said it will continue to closely watch the process and will take needed steps to support the conduct of credible elections in Nigeria.

We will continue to work towards successful elections in the country.” Nigerians should not give up, we urge all eligible voters to come out and cast their votes.


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