The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may be forced to delay the February 25 presidential election by at least two weeks, according to reports that surfaced on Wednesday morning.
According to information, INEC may be forced to move the poll by 14 days due to the ongoing burning of INEC offices around the nation and the insecurity issues in the South-East and North-East.
A top INEC official told Daily Independent that although the electoral body is committed to keeping the set date, recent events in the nation may force it to issue an extension.
He said: “The Commission is doing all it can to stick to the announced dates but given the numerous challenges being witnessed across the country, such as the burning of our offices, insecurity challenges and attack on INEC officials, lingering fuel scarcity coupled with problems arising from the Naira redesign, I won’t be surprised if the election is postponed by two weeks minimum.”
However, the Commissioner for information and voter education of INEC, Festus Okoye denied any plans to extend the election.
According to Okoye, the dates fixed for the conduct of the elections remain firm.
“The dates fixed by the Commission for the conduct of the 2023 general election are fixed and firm,” he said.
Also commenting on plans to postpone the election, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Rotimi Oyekanmi said there are no plans to shift the elections.
He said: “Not at all. The Commission is not even contemplating shifting the 2023 General election”.