Nigeria may delay the February 14 presidential election if the number of voter identity cards the Independent National Electoral Commission can distribute by February 8 is too low, an electoral commissioner told Reuters on Wednesday.
“Let’s see how the PVC (Permanent Voter Cards) distribution goes by February 8, then maybe,” Amina Zachary, a commissioner for INEC said on the sidelines of a news conference, when asked whether or not the date could be changed.
Zachary made it clear that no decision had been taken.
INEC extended its deadline for voters to collect their cards to February 8, but only 44 million out of 68.8 million have been distributed so far, with just 10 days to go before the poll.
This latest information is not likely to go down well with opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, which has been stringently claiming that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party is planning to postpone the elections.