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Governorship Polls Shift: 4 Years, N300b, You Couldn't Conduct An Election— Nigerians Blast INEC

Nigerians have continued to react to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it has shifted the governorship and State Houses of Assembly election earlier scheduled for March 11 to March 18. 

The electoral umpire posted a press release to this effect on its Twitter handle late yesterday.In the press release, the Commission cited its inability to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the exercise following an order by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal granting the presidential candidates of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, permission to inspect the materials used in the conduct of the election after they both filed petitions alleging irregularities.

INEC had approached the Appeal Court, which doubles as the tribunal, to vary the petition granted to the two aggrieved politicians to enable it to reconfigure the BVAS machines in time for the gubernatorial elections but the court only granted it the go-ahead yesterday. The electoral averred that it does not have sufficient to reconfigure the about 170,000 machines manually before the March 11 date for the election. 

However, despite INEC’s excusable and justifiable reason for the postponement, many Nigerians on Twitter would have none of it. 

Many who reacted to the post accused the body of gross incompetence and corruption, insisting that it has failed Nigerians despite the long time and huge investment that it had to prepare for the election.

A particular user, with the handle @Ladking, reminded INEC that it had 4 years and N300 billion naira to prepare for the election but still failed to deliver.

He tweeted:The majority of the comments were similar rebukes and reprimands to the electoral umpire.

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