Why we rescheduled Edo elections to Sept. 28 – INEC shares reasons

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday announced that the date of the Edo governorship election has been rescheduled to hold on September, 28, 2016, due to security reasons.


The electoral body made the announcement at exactly 8:00pm, during a press conference in Benin, Edo State.

Recall that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Services (DSS), yesterday, appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the Edo governorship election scheduled for Sept. 10, citing security threat.

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According to the force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Don Awunah, who made the joint call on behalf of the police and the DSS in Abuja, he said, credible intelligence available to the agencies indicated plans by insurgent and extremist elements to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets.

Awunah said that Edo was among the states being earmarked for the planned attacks by the extremists between Sept. 12 and 13 respectively. He said that while election was important, security agencies cannot allow the peace of the country to be disrupted.

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”We will continue to be vigilant and ensure consolidation of the successes gained in the current counter-insurgency fight.

“It is in these regard that we we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election,” he said.

8 thoughts on “Why we rescheduled Edo elections to Sept. 28 – INEC shares reasons

  1. I will be so glad if the DSS and Police can use intelligence to alert people of Fulani herdsmen attack on vulnerable communities (soft targets).....this country should stop making a mess of itself!!!

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  2. Those hypocrites who were all over the place accusing GEJ of compromise for the election postponement as recommended by security agencies should continue in the same fashion otherwise they should bury their faces in shame. Don't pick and choose ur criticism if they are done with good faith.

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  3. The urgency of the reaction to political DSS please shows it was a game plan amongst INEC, APC and security operatives.

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  4. People are not s****d, we know what this is about. The APC is afraid of losing and is relying on the police to cause confusion.

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  5. This shouldn't have happened for any reason
    There was ample time for the security agencies to put their act together and provide adequate security for this election
    This is a huge blunder on the part of those security agents
    I hope the INEC will not go on the same dodgy path like that under Jonathan

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