INEC Insists On February Election Dates

The Independent National Electoral Commission ((INEC) has, again, insisted that elections will go ahead as scheduled, as it refuted reports that the level of permanent voter cards (PVCs) distribution may force it to postpone the polls due in less than two weeks.

Mr Kayode Idowu, spokesperson to INEC chairman, made the clarification in reaction to a report by an international wire service that said “Nigeria may delay February vote if voter card distribution is too low.”

The report had attributed the story to a national commissioner of INEC, Amina Zakari, quoting her as saying that the 2015 general election may be delayed “if the number of PVCs collected by voters is too low.”

In a statement circulated to journalists late on Wednesday, Idowu said “I was at the situation room dialogue with INEC in Abuja this morning and I know that the commissioner spoke in regard of the February 8 deadline for the collection of PVCs, nothing about the reschedule of the general election.”

The statement said the INEC commissioner had denied discussing the schedule of the 2015 elections on the sidelines of the dialogue.

It said Zakari, instead, explained that the number of PVCs already collected rate highly in comparison to the level of voter turnout in previous elections and that INEC had not completely foreclosed the possibility of granting a few days of extension in isolated cases of low percentage of collection after February 8.

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