The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded arrangements to postpone the governorship and state house of assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, March 11.
Sources that spoke with our Reporter on the issue said the electoral body has rescheduled the polls to March 18, 2023.
The sources claimed that the election was postponed due to INEC’s inability to commence the re-configuration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines used for the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, to enable their use for the state elections.
Sources disclosed that INEC in a meeting currently going on is considering shifting it to either March 18 or March 25 for the elections.
It was however learnt that March 18 was chosen.
One of the officials said, “You know that the BVAS re-configuration would take three or four days and since they would all be moved to the headquarters in Abuja, the machines would be re-configured and deployed to the various states and finally to the polling units.”
This is coming hours after the Tribunal Court on Wednesday permitted INEC to reconfigure the BVAS for the forthcoming election.
The Court gave the ruling after the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi asked the court to hinder INEC from reconfiguring the BVAS.