The Independent National Electoral Commission has finally agreed on the resumption of political campaigns ahead of the presidential and National Assembly rescheduled elections coming up on Saturday, February 23.
In a statement by Okoye, he said that the decision was taken at the commission’s meeting on Monday, February 18, where it reviewed its preparations for the general elections re-scheduled for Saturday, February 23 for the presidential and National Assembly election and March 9 for governorship, state Houses of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area council elections. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at meeting with stakeholders where he gave reasons for re-scheduling the polls and released a new schedule of Activities leading up to the elections, said that there was no more room for campaigns and collection of Permanent Voter Cards. Okoye said that after consultations with political parties, the commission approved that campaigns by parties and candidates could resume forthwith to end by midnight of Thursday. “Media organisations are at liberty to accept, Publish, Broadcast and circulate campaign materials up till midnight of Thursday, February 21.