February 19, 2019
Heads of International Election Observation Missions and the United Nations present in Nigeria, have urged Nigerians to remain calm and support the electoral process as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC works to implement its new timeline.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a statement has rescheduled the 16th February and 2nd March 2019 for the country’s general elections.

In a joint statement the international observation mission indicated that they have taken note of INEC’s decision to postpone the 2019 general elections due to logistical and operational challenges.

The international observation mission urged INEC to use the time to finalise all preparations and ensure that the new elections dates are strictly adhered to and provide regular updates and information to the public on its preparations in the coming days and weeks to enhance confidence and trust in the process.

“As we continue to closely observe preparations across the country, we stand in solidarity with the people of Nigeria in their desire for credible and peaceful elections”.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) election observation mission is led by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former Liberian President, while Hailemariam Desalegn former Prime Minister of Ethiopia is leading the African Union election observation mission.

Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas is leading the United Nations special representative of the Secretary General of the West Africa and the Sahel.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com