Monday, 30 March 2015

Insecurity: INEC Postpones Elections Indefinitely In 18 Yobe Polling Units

Resident Electoral Commissioner in Yobe, Habu Zarma, on Sunday said the electoral commission, INEC, had postponed elections indefinitely in 18 polling units in Geidam Local Government Area of the state due to security challenges.

He told journalists in Damaturu, the state capital that security challenges in the council area had scared adhoc staff from going to conduct election in the affected units on Saturday and Sunday.

“Elections could not hold in those areas on Saturday and Sunday due to security challenges.

“The commission will meet to consider the position of the affected units”, the INEC official said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that rescheduled elections were ongoing in 18 polling units in Fika, Potiskum and Yunusari Local Government Areas on Sunday.

Mr. Zarma said the elections were shifted in 10 polling units in Fika, four in Potiskum and four in Yunusari Local Government Areas due to late delivery of electoral materials.

“The elections are currently taking place peacefully in the affected polling units in the three Local Government Areas except Geidam”, he said.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections were conducted peacefully in other council areas on Saturday across the state.

Yobe is one of the states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency although the Nigerian military recently announced it had dislodged the insurgents from the state.
Source: Information Nigeria

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