Nige­ria polls to go on as planned

The East African - - OUTLOOK -

The News: Nige­ria's elec­toral body Wed­nes­day said there was no plan to post­pone the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions as was be­ing spec­u­lated in me­dia.

The Low­down: Spokesper­son for In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) Ro­timi Oyekanmi said the clar­i­fi­ca­tion be­came nec­es­sary fol­low­ing a me­dia re­port, which he said is not not what INEC chair­man Mah­mood Yakubu said at the in­ter agency con­sul­ta­tive com­mit­tee on polls se­cu­rity meet­ing in Abuja. Mr Oyekanmi said Mr Yakubu told the se­cu­rity chiefs at the meet­ing that as the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions drew close, the com­mit­tee would need to meet more fre­quently. This, ac­cord­ing to him, is to con­stantly as­sess the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion across the coun­try and take proac­tive ac­tions to fore­stall any un­pleas­ant event be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the elec­tions. Nige­ria's gen­eral elec­tion will be held next Fe­bru­ary where Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari is ex­pected to face off with Se­nate Speaker Bukola Saraki.

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