Federal Govt to Postpone Elections, Gives New Date

Date: 04-02-2015 11:05 am (9 years ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
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Federal Government to postpone elections – the Federal Government is set to shift the election date., Citing the need to de­fuse the rising tension in the land, among other rea­sons, the Federal Government is set to shift the com­ing polls by six weeks. The presidential and Na­tional Assembly elections are currently scheduled for February 14, while those of the states will hold on Feb­ruary 28.Rumors has it that under the new proposal, the elections may now hold at the end of March.

The proposed change is hinged on the mounting tension in the country se­quel to violent displays at some of the ongoing cam­paigns across the country.
The feeling inside gov­ernment circles is that there is need to let the ten­sion, which is nearing boil­ing point in the country at the moment, come down before the election could hold, otherwise there could be an implosion.
Sources say that within the six weeks, efforts will be made to calm frayed nerves and encourage more people to embrace peace.
It is feared that the presi­dential election in particu­lar may lead to an implo­sion in the country.

The body language in the North suggests a possible repeat of the bloodletting that occurred after Jona­than was declared winner of the 2011 election, if the incumbent wins again. It is also feared that a similar turmoil may erupt, espe­cially in the South South, if General Muhammadu Buhari of the All progres­sives Congress (APC) wins the election. Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is an Ijaw from the South South area of the country.

Besides, there is uncer­tainty over whether the elections could validly hold in the North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa which have been wracked by the Boko Ha­ram insurgency. There are security concerns over the safety of full-time and ad-hoc staff of the Indepen­dent Electoral Commission (INEC) during the polls.

This development was further accentuated by the recent declaration by European Union Election Observers who said they would not be visiting the troubled states over con­cerns for their safety.

Another reason being adduced for the proposed shift is the non-availability of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) across the states. The fear is that this may end up in the disen­franchisement of many eli­gible voters.

Thus, the Presidency be­lieves that shifting the polls by about six weeks would allow more people to get their PVCs and be eligible to vote.
Indeed, Section 26 (6) of the Electoral Act 2010 stip­ulates that an election to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be held not earlier than 150 days to the expiration of the date of office and not later than 30 days to the expiration of the office.
Thus, if the six weeks shift is finally accepted, it will be within the time stipulated by the Electoral Act as there will be about 60 days before the expiration of the incumbent’s stay in office.

Last month, the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) at a talkshop in the UK mooted the idea of a slight shift in the date of the elections, a development that has sparked heated debates across the country.


Posted: at 4-02-2015 11:05 AM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- cadanre at 4-02-2015 11:26 AM (9 years ago)
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More of the reason why BH was left to take control of more territory. History never lies. GEJ will go the same way of IBB, ABACHA AND OBJ.

Posted: at 4-02-2015 11:26 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- spaceangel at 4-02-2015 11:27 AM (9 years ago)
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No need to shift
Posted: at 4-02-2015 11:27 AM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- ngfineface at 4-02-2015 11:44 AM (9 years ago)
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Posted: at 4-02-2015 11:44 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- sagiru at 4-02-2015 11:45 AM (9 years ago)
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That's why i say this PDP is not party that care with the poor masses.....You see! the reasons for the postponement is because of violence display in campaigns,,and if you could observe the violence is mainly on PDP campaign and the states they're ruling as well....It's clear that they setup the violence in order to postpone the election since they know they can be defeated......And so they need more time to condemn Buhari.....
Posted: at 4-02-2015 11:45 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- beneno at 4-02-2015 11:47 AM (9 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 4-02-2015 11:47 AM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Nosike91 at 4-02-2015 11:59 AM (9 years ago)
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We PDP are d real politicians!
Posted: at 4-02-2015 11:59 AM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- AdikpeReturn at 4-02-2015 12:08 PM (9 years ago)
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Make them no shift anything ooo
Posted: at 4-02-2015 12:08 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- chizzyG at 4-02-2015 12:19 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: sagiru on  4-02-2015 11:45 AM
That's why i say this PDP is not party that care with the poor masses.....You see! the reasons for the postponement is because of violence display in campaigns,,and if you could observe the violence is mainly on PDP campaign and the states they're ruling as well....It's clear that they setup the violence in order to postpone the election since they know they can be defeated......And so they need more time to condemn Buhari.....

Bros no be small thing o.jonathan must go wether he and his corrupted cohorts like it or not.if they like let them keep on postponing it till he dies in the office there and still make the way he doesn't like to
Posted: at 4-02-2015 12:19 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- emmanuelokek at 4-02-2015 12:57 PM (9 years ago)
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4rm wot i read here ,nothing is justified to call 4 d posponement of the election, only dat d peace destroyers party PDP is loking 4 a way 2 rig d election at all cost
Posted: at 4-02-2015 12:57 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- shannon034 at 4-02-2015 01:00 PM (9 years ago)
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Pro Attahiru Jega plan will never work.......Jonathan all the way until 2019
Posted: at 4-02-2015 01:00 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Opeyemi66 at 4-02-2015 02:31 PM (9 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed ............
Posted: at 4-02-2015 02:31 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Amoramo at 4-02-2015 03:10 PM (9 years ago)
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GEJ till 2019. God bless Nigeria, God bless president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Posted: at 4-02-2015 03:10 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- femjay at 4-02-2015 03:20 PM (9 years ago)
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PDP and their propagandas ...... It won't work at all ...... Becos ... The wing of wind change is gonna blow accross the country soon .... And NObody can't stop the  wind from blowing ..........Nigerians won't allow what happen to them in 1993 to happen again Never .....irrelevance of  PDP reference. Is baseless ................

This message. Is cleared ... They ve know GMB will won the next election they are planning other way of bringing interim government .....
It won't never work .... NO postponement of the election ............

.... The change is Gonna happen soon ......
Bad leaders must be vote out on the lovers day ......... Jonathan will do is second term In OTUOKE LOCAL GOVERNMENT by the grace of GOd ! ........

Posted: at 4-02-2015 03:20 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Wysetots at 4-02-2015 05:20 PM (9 years ago)
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This is stupid.
Posted: at 4-02-2015 05:20 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- echeeche at 4-02-2015 06:32 PM (9 years ago)
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Intresting
Posted: at 4-02-2015 06:32 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- maxzy277 at 4-02-2015 06:37 PM (9 years ago)
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Joke of the century  Grin
Posted: at 4-02-2015 06:37 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Judah1 at 4-02-2015 07:54 PM (9 years ago)
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Why postponing the election. Totally unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: at 4-02-2015 07:54 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- ladyjayrita at 4-02-2015 08:01 PM (9 years ago)
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I called this political madness or what?
Posted: at 4-02-2015 08:01 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Abubu86 at 4-02-2015 09:42 PM (9 years ago)
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It won't work o. Jega must conduct d election on d stipulated date before his tenure as INEC chairman expire.
Posted: at 4-02-2015 09:42 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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