Christiana Gokyo, Jos
JOS – Following the announcement of the postponement of the Presidential election schedule to hold on Saturday 16th Feb, 2018, the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Elections Security (ICCES) and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Plateau state on Saturday held an emergency meeting at the Plateau State Police Command Headquarters Jos.
Shortly after the meeting the committee addressed the press by its chairman, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Isaac Olutayo Akinmoyede, who told journalists that the postponement was unfortunate but it is just a sacrifice to make.
He stated that, “Protection of sensitive and non-sensitive materials is key to us. We don’t want people to be disenfranchised because the materials will get to RAC late if distributed.
According to him, “We will have a meeting tonight with all chairmen of political parties and Civil Society Organisations, CSOs and this will follow a stakeholders’ meeting holding in Abuja by 2 pm (Saturday).
Commenting, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state said, Hussaini Halilu Pai, said the reasons why the election was postponed was because of ‘inadequacies in logistics and materials.’
When asked if the Commission has lost financially, the REC answered in affirmative, “Yes”.
According to him, elections were postponed earlier in the day by a week by INEC citing logistics challenges as the primary reason for the postponement.