In a swift reaction to the call for the postponement of the conduct of general elections in February by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Mr. Dasuki Sambo, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has reiterated its commitment to the conduct of the election in February.
Mr. Dasuki had made a call in a press briefing in London on Thursday for the postponement of general elections in February. According to him, the postponement will enable INEC distribute Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, to registered voters who are yet to collect their cards.
The Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega in his reaction, said the commission remains committed to go ahead with the elections as planned. Jega made this known on Friday at the Launch of Mitigation of Violence in Elections (MOVE) organized by the International Foundation for Electoral System, IFES. He insisted that while he would not respond to media reports of Mr. Dasuki’s call, he could confirm authoritatively that INEC is determined to hold elections in February.
According to Jega, over 40 million cards had already been made available, while assuring that the remaining ones will be delivered before the end of January.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has condemned the call by the presidential Security Adviser. Reacting to the call by Mr. Dasuki, the Situation Room described the suggestion as an unnecessary interference in the independence
of INEC as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution, stating that dates for the elections can only be set by INEC.