‘POSTPONE THE ELECTIONS’ – DANSUKI URGES INEC



The National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the forthcoming elections scheduled for February 2015.
Dansuki in London, yesterday, suggested postponement of this year’s national elections by three months to enable the Independent National Election Commission, INEC, distribute the Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, to about 30 million Nigerians who were yet to obtain the cards.

He spoke at the London think-tank Chatham House, during a lecture entitled, “Nigeria’s Insecurity: Insurgency, Corruption, Elections and the Management of Multiple Threats,” that “INEC had distributed 30 million cards in the past year but had another 30 million to hand out.”
The reports of the Agency quoted Dasuki as saying, during a question and answer session that he (Dasuki) had suggested to the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, that a postponement by three months was allowed by the law and that it would be a good idea if next month’s elections were delayed to give organizers more time to distribute millions of biometric voters’ cards to voters.
One of his many reasons is the insecurity in parts of the North-East that is gripped by a violent uprising by Islamic Boko Haram group.
Dasuki further said Jega had assured him that “It would achieve this in time for the February date, but he thought it will make more sense to take more time and there was a 90-day window during which the election could legally take place. It costs you (INEC) nothing; it’s still within the law,” adding that it was, however, for INEC and not for him to decide.


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