EndSARS protests threaten October 31 elections

Posted by on Oct 21, 2020, Under: News

EndSARS protests threaten October 31 elections

Due to ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may be forced to postpone early elections scheduled for October 31st.

The violent protests have caused serious tensions throughout much of the country.

The scheduled vote was to take place in Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Nganzai State Electoral College, Borno State, Bayo State Electoral College, Borno State, River North Cross Senatorial District and Obudu State Constituency, Cross River State.

Others: Imo North Senatorial District, East Lagos Senatorial District, Kosofe II State District, Lagos State, South Plateau Senatorial District, Bakura State District, Zamfara State and Ibaji State District, Kogi State.

A source in the commission told our correspondent that INEC had no choice but to postpone the elections, “given the disruptions caused by the protests, especially against the Nigerian police, which are an integral part of the electoral process.”

He said the elections could be postponed for at least two weeks “or for the duration of the protests.”

In addition, the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) on Tuesday urged INEC to consider postponing the October 31 by-elections two weeks after the ongoing #EndSARS protests.

IPAC President Femi Olaniyi said in a statement in Lagos that the postponement has become imperative for smooth and continuous early elections across the country.

“In view of current events in the country as a whole, INEC should postpone all early elections nationwide by two weeks, because all political parties cannot campaign properly due to the nationwide #EndSARS protests.

“The holding of the October 31 elections will be a guerrilla action against new and future political parties that were supposed to raise awareness.

“This is the first election in Lagos as some political parties have been de-registered and the campaign can only take place during the electoral period to inform the public which parties are currently registered,” he said.

However, when contacted, Rotimi Oekanmi, the chief spokesman for INEC President, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, said that the commission had not yet made a decision whether or not to postpone the elections.

Source: – Independent ng