We Will Not Postpone 2019 Elections – INEC Chairman
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does not intend to postpone any of the elections as a result of court orders coming close to election schedules, the Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said.
Yakubu made the position known at a National Stakeholders’ Forum for 2019 General Elections, organised by the Commission on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that the Commission had been receiving court orders in which some had been conflicting or contradicting.
He said that the Commission had been operating on the principle of latest order.
“If two courts make a pronouncement on a matter, we go by the latest in time.
“In the case of one of the judgments, the two judgements came on the same day; the Commission has to take a decision.
“My assurance to stakeholders and Nigerians is that INEC will always obey court order.
“ The next question we are going to ask is that what if the court order comes close to election, will INEC postpone elections?
“No. INEC does not intend to postpone any election.
“We will operate based on the order that we received but the Commission has also made contingency plan in case some of the orders come close to the elections.
“We should be able to recover and conduct elections as scheduled.’’
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