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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Presidential candidate seeks further shift of election dates

The presidential candidate of People’s Trust (PT), Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has written the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, requesting a further extension of the presidential and National Assembly elections.

He said, yesterday, in a statement that the one-week extension was rather too short to conclude the stated enormous logistics requirement for the polls.

He argued in a letter to the INEC chairman that another extension was reasonable in view of the logistics burden on contestants and political parties.

According to Hashim, “It is my considered opinion that in the haste to stick to a quickly announced date for the election, the commission may not have paid adequate attention to the attendant voter apathy that may result if adequate confidence building measures are not implemented to win back would-be voters for the next date of polling.

“As a result, and because a potential voter apathy in some sections of the country, or all of the country, may substantially affect the results of the election, a new date of election should be between three to four weeks from February 16 not one week from February 16 as previously announced,” he said. According to him, this was more so for self-funded candidates and parties that do not have the possibilities or intentions of falling quickly on the state treasuries to refinance another logistic deployment.

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