Inec Claims It postpones elections to enable MNJTF expel Boko Haram from northeast


Prof-Attahiru-JegaNIGERIA’s Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) has postponed the forthcoming elections for a few weeks to enable the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) eliminate Boko Haram from certain parts of the country to enable people to vote.   Although it is not yet certain how long the polls will be postponed for, Nigeria’s constitution says they can only be delayed for a maximum of three months. It is believed that Inec will postpone the elections for six weeks, however and the comission is expected to announce new dates for the polls soon.   Originally, presidential, senate and House of Representatives elections had been scheduled to hold on February 14, with governorship and state house of assembly elections taking place on February 28. If the elections are postponed for six weeks, this will mean the presidential, senate and House of Representatives polls take place on March 28, while the and state house of assembly contests take place on April 11.   Earlier this week, Nigeria’s Council of State met and agreed to hold the polls on February 14 and 28 as planned following a pledge from Inec that it was ready to proceed with elections. However, it appears that with as many as 1m voters not registered in the northeast due to the Boko Haram menace, the elections could face credibility questions.   Across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, up to 1m people are either internally displaced or have migrated across the border to Cameroon, Niger and Chad as a result of terrorist attacks on their communities. Inec had said that the only condition that will make them eligible to vote is if the Electoral Act is amended before the elections, enabling them to vote, adding that Nigeria faces the additional problem of the election results being challenged in court if such a large number of people are disenfranchised.


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