The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday that there is no plan to postpone the 2019 general elections. This is coming barely 24 hours after the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said that the commission has the power to shift dates of elections should there be threat to its peaceful conduct. A statement issued by the INEC chairman’s spokesman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi said there was no time the commission alluded to the notion that it may shift the 2019 general elections over threat of violence.
INEC chairman, during a meeting with security chiefs concerning the Osun State governorship election and the 2019 general elections, quoted section 26 of the Electoral Act that empowers the commission to suspend election on account of violence or treat of violence.
Yakubu who was making reference to a dangerous trend of political campaign which videos was shared on the social media, said election can only hold when there is a secured environment.
“So we will continue to partner and continue to work with the security agencies as we approach the 2019 general elections. Our meetings are going to become more frequent and regular,” Yakubu said adding that between now and March 2, 2019, the most important activities in Nigeria will be the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections.
“Elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of rancour,” Yakubu insisted during the meeting adding that there is no way election will be conducted except the nation maintained order, peace and progress.
“INEC chairman seized the opportunity to draw the committee’s attention to video clips making the rounds, in which some political actors were seen making inciteful statement that could lead to serious security breaches before, during and after the 2019 general elections. He called on the relevant security agencies to be vigilant, just as he urged them to take immediate action on the development,” the INEC chairman’s spokesman said in the statement.
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