The federal governemt has distanced itself from the various calls for the postponement of next month’s general elections, saying it will not interfere with the operation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Coordinator, National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, who stated this while answering questions from newsmen during a security briefing in Abuja, assured of adequate security of lives and properties before, during and after the election.
“I know that government will not interfere with the operation of INEC. Whatever decision that will be taken is solely the responsibility of INEC. It has happened in this country before, when INEC postponed the election in 2011 by a week. It was not the National Security Adviser (NSA) or President (Goodluck) Jonathan that is postponing it.
“INEC is under nobody’s instructions, because if the president is going to instruct anybody, he would not have travelled to Bayelsa in 2011 for accreditation and queue to vote before the announcement of cancellation was made. So, please, I will not confirm that and I am not going to talk about it,” he said.
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