‘Only God Can Stop Feb 23 Poll’ – INEC

Prof Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says “only an Act of God” can stop the conduct of the rescheduled presidential and national assembly elections slated for Saturday.

Yakubu made the declaration in Abuja while addressing a cross-section of the diplomatic community and international election monitoring groups for the 2019 general election, TheCable writes.

The INEC chairman Yakubu, represented by a national commissioner, Mustapha Lecky, said the commission had put in place everything possible to ensure the elections held on Saturday, and had no reason to feel that anything would stop it.

He said the commission had developed a six-point agenda of what needed to be done to ensure the success of the election.

“We have no reason to feel that anything will go wrong… we have received all the materials, they have been checked, audited, people have been informed, party agents have gone there to check,” he said.

The official said INEC had already taken responsibility for the postponement and that the body was committed to surpassing achievement of previous elections in the country.

He blamed the postponement on logistics and problems associated with the primaries of some political parties, which according to him delayed the printing of ballot paper

The briefing was organised by the ministry of foreign affairs in conjunction with INEC, aimed at engaging with friends and partners of Nigeria on the rescheduled election.


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