INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday denied reports saying it plans to postpone the 2019 general election on the grounds of violence.

INEC said the report misquoted what its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said at the lnter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (lCCES) meeting that took place at the Commission’s headquarters on Tuesday.

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Media aide to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said it was common knowledge that while the Osun State governorship election would hold on Saturday, 22nd September, the 2019 elections are only over 100 days away.

Oyekanmi said the INEC Chairman made reference to the Electoral Act only to underscore the importance of having peace and order in place before, during and after elections and to emphasize the significance of the synergy between the Commission and security agencies.

“It is thus clear that at no point during his remarks did the INEC Chairman allude to the notion that the Commission ‘may shift 2019 polls over threat of violence’ as reported by the national newspaper,” he said in a statement.

“To be sure, INEC has no plan to postpone the 2019 General Elections.”