INEC reached the decision to postpone the 2015
General Elections at a stakeholders meeting held today,
February 7, The Associated Press reports.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
has decided to postpone the 2015 General Elections. »
INEC reached the decision at a stakeholders meeting
held today, February 7. INEC had earlier announced
that it would reach a final decision today » .
An official close to the commission told The
Associated Press » that INEC had decided to postpone
the election for six weeks due to the threat posed by
The source added that the poll shift would allow extra
time for a newly constituted multinational force to
secure the North-East which is currently being plagued
by Boko Haram attacks.
It would also enable the commission continue
distribution » of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to
citizens to prevent mass disenfranchisement.
INEC is expected to make an official announcement of
the postponement at a news conference later in the
The initial call for the postponement of the polls was
made by National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki »
but it was voted against by the Council of State » .
US Secretary of State, John Kerry also warned Nigeria
against postponing the polls » .