INEC Postpones Saturday’s Governorship, State Assembly Elections By One Week
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has postponed the Governorship and State Assembly elections scheduled to hold this Saturday, March 11, 2023, by one week to March 18, 2023.
The postponement is borne out of the Court of Appeal’s Wednesday judgement granting the electoral umpire prayers to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accrediting System (BVAS).
The exercise was previously scheduled to hold on March 11 but the Commission said due to logistics stemming from BVAS configuration and transportation stated that the election would no longer hold as scheduled following a meeting of its executives on Wednesday evening.
Earlier on Wednesday, the electoral umpire was able to convince the Appeal Court to vary its order granting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) permission to inspect electoral materials saying it needed to reconfigure the BVAS for Saturday’s polls
According to People’s Gazette, an official of the Commission who is close to the newspaper confided the development to their correspondent.
INEC was earlier restrained from tampering with the information embedded in the BVAS machines until the due inspection was conducted and Certified True Copies (CTC) issued to candidates who are challenging the outcome of the presidential election