INEC Postpones Governorship, State Assembly Elections To March 18

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Barring any further extensions, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reached a decision to postpone Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections to March 18, 2023.

INEC’s decision is coming about three days before the March 11 date earlier scheduled for the state elections.

A source in INEC stated that the postponement is due to the inability of the commission to promptly commence reconfiguration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines utilized during the February 25 presidential election to enable their use in the state elections.

INEC was earlier restrained from tampering with the information embedded in the BVAS machines until due inspection was conducted and Certified True Copies (CTC) issued to candidates who are challenging the outcome of the presidential election.

Basically, INEC needs about 4-5 days to retrain ad-hoc staff on the reconfiguration that they won in court today.

If not postponed, then it would be worse than what happened during the presidential and National Assembly (NASS) elections.

Efforts to get reaction of Festus Okoye, spokesperson for the commission, proved abortive as his phone was unreachable.

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