National Security Adviser wants February elections postponed


National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki, is canvassing for the postponement of the next month’s general elections to allow for the more time for the distribution of the permanent voter’s card.

Dasuki spoke at Catham House in London on Thursday. He said the Independent National Electroal Commission neede more time to distribute PVCs to those who had registered.

The NSA said he told the chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, that a postponement within the three months allowed by the Electoral Act would be a good idea, Reuters news agency reported Thursday.

Dasuki, said INEC had distributed 30 million cards in 2014, with another 30 million left.

He said while INEC had assured him the distribution would be completed for the February polls, he believed it would be more meaningful to allow more time for a successful election.

“It costs you nothing, it’s still within the law,” Mr. Dasuki said he had told the INEC chairman.
The NSA said it was for INEC to decide.

NEC spokesman Kayode Idowu said there were currently no plans to delay.

“It is not a conversation of the commission’s at all. As far as we are talking now, the date is what it is,” Idowu said.

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