The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the commission had two unprecedented breakthroughs under him.
According to him, it was the first time in the history of the commission to have released the election timetable a year ahead of the polls.
“The date is formed and fixed, February 16, 2019; we issued the timetable way in advance; for the very first time in the history of our nation, citizens of Nigeria know when elections will take place one year in advance. It has never happened before,” he said
Yakubu also noted that it was under his stewardship as the INEC Chairman that the budget of the commission was made public.
“Secondly, for the very first time in the history of our country, citizens know the budget of the electoral commission; citizens know line by line how much the commission proposed; what the money is going to be spent on.
“ I think I am very happy with this process,’’ he continued.
Prof. Yakubu opined that there was no provision under the law that allowed postponement of elections and as such, the elections would still hold as scheduled despite the delay in passage of the commission’s budget.
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“I have said this over and over again; there are no conditions under which elections should be postponed, under section 26 of the Electoral Act,” he concluded.