In its effort to resolve the contentious issue on whether the February elections should be shifted or not, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed separate meetings with Chairmen and Secretaries of all registered political parties, and resident electoral commissioners [RECs] to discuss way forward regarding the elections. The meeting is expected to hold on Saturday.
A statement issued on Friday and signed by the spokesperson to the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega- Kayode Idowu, said, “the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, was invited to brief the National Council of States (NCS) on the preparedness of INEC to conduct the 2015 general elections. He made a presentation titled ‘Preparations for the 2015 General Elections: Progress Report.’ The National Security Adviser (NSA) and Armed Services Chiefs also briefed the Council on the current security situation.
“As a follow-up to that meeting, the Commission has scheduled a consultative meeting with chairmen and secretaries of all registered political parties, as well as a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
“Thereafter, the Commission will address a press conference to brief the nation on its decision with regard to whether or not the general elections will hold as currently scheduled.”
It would be recalled that the Commission on Thursday during the National Council of States meeting assured of its readiness to conduct the 2015 general elections without hitches. It was however advised to put all concerns raised at the meeting into consideration and take a final position on whether to shift the elections or stick with the original dates.