There are strong indications that the Presidential Election scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 16th February may be postponed.
Credible sources told Daily Trust that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, may be forced to announce the postponement because of logistics challenge of distributing election materials.
The electoral body is currently holding an emergency meeting with some election observers and security officials aimed at reaching an agreement on a new date.
Daily Trust recalls that in 2015, the Commission headed then by Professor Attahiru Jega had shifted the Presidential/National Assembly Election date from February 14 and Governorship/States Assemblies election date billed for February 28 to March 28 and April 11, 2015 respectively, citing security reasons.
The country also witnessed a shift in the 2011 elections. In September 2010, the election commission requested a postponement of the polls citing the need for more time to overhaul the national electoral register. Critics were upset over the proposal. The election was postponed from January to April 2011 due to the release of a new electronic voter registration software.