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Timeline on Election Postponement

By Dapo Akinrefon

The prospects of the elections originally scheduled to commence tomorrow being shifted came in whispers from the middle of January as some stakeholders argued against the election on the basis of the twin problems of lack of preparedness on the part of the election management body and the insurgency in the Northeast.

  • Jan 22, 2015: National Security Adviser, Dasuki, advocates postponement of election saying INEC is not ready. But says it is for the body to decide.
  • APC immediately rejects proposal, says Dasuki was merely speaking the mind of the Jonathan administration
  • February 2: At the National Peace Committee meeting in Abuja with representatives of different political parties, the service chiefs gave assurances of their readiness for the elections.
  • FEBRUARY 5: Confusion at the National Council of States meeting. After more than six hours of meeting, Governors Segun Mimiko and Rochas Okorocha announce two contrary decisions of the council. It emerged that the service chiefs affirmed that they were not in position to guarantee security in the troubled Northeast.
  • February 7 United States expresses disappointment over postponement.
  • February 8th – INEC meets political parties and Residents Electoral Commissioners (RECS) and announces postponement of general elections by six weeks.
  • Presidential and National Assembly polls now to hold March 28, while governorship and House of Assembly to hold April 11
  • February 9th—Mixed reactions trail postponement. Opposition decry it while the ruling party claims it was inevitable
  • British Government Expresses Concern Over Postponement Of Elections
  • February 10: APC accuses service chiefs of conspiracy in postponement of elections
  • February 11 Lawyer Sues INEC Over Postponement of Elections
  • FEBRUARY 11: President Jonathan in a live television broadcast assures that a new government would be installed on May 29, 2015.



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