February 16, the day set for the Presidential elections by INEC and due to poor logistics, the process had to be canceled at the last minute. A lot of people were disappointed by this development while others were dishearted, considering the fact that they had to travel all the way to their various home towns just to carry out their civic duty. But for a few people this is not shocking at all, as this is not the first time INEC has shown their incompetence.
Here are three times the Presidential election was postponed.
1. 2011: In 2011 the then INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, announced that the scheduled election would be postponed because of the unavailability of materials. “The unanticipated emergency we have experienced with the late arrival of result sheets in many parts of the country. The result sheets are central to the elections and their integrity… the Commission has taken the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the National Assembly elections to Monday, April 4, 2011”, the commission reeled out.
2. 2015: The elections was postponed because of security concerns. The INEC Chariman, Professor Attahiru Jega stated “Consequently, the Commission has decided to reschedule the 2015 general elections thus: the national elections (i.e. Presidential and National Assembly) are now to hold on March 28th, 2015; while the state elections (Governorship and State Assembly) are to hold on April 11th, 2015.”
3. 2019: INEC has again postponed the elections, because of lack of preparation tagged “logistics and operational issues”: Someone would have thought that the commission would have learnt it’s lesson and would be prepared for the election to go smoothly, but that is not the case. Few hours to the 2019 elections, INEC called of the Presidential elections after Nigerians have postponed their daily activities and responsibilities to perform their civic duties. According to the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu “following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan, the commission decided to postpone the presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23, 2019, while governorship and state House of Assembly elections will now hold on March 9, 2019″. Photo Credit: Getty