INEC postpones Senate and House of Representative elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postpones the Senate and House of Representative elections in Nigeria to the 4th of April, 2011.
In a televised address on the National Television Authority (NTA), the INEC chairman, Mr Jega , blamed the postponement on ‘ unprecedented late arrival of results sheets’. He however apologised to Nigerians for the problems.
Before the postponement was announced, the elections had started Saturday morning with hitches caused by poor logistics, as materials arrived in many polling stations late and could not even get to other areas in the country.
The rescheduled election is for 109 seats in the Senate and 360 seats for the House of Representatives.
*UPDATE > After rising from an emergency meeting with political parties on Sunday 3rd April, 2011, the INEC chairmain Mr. Attahiru Jega confirmed via LIVE national broadcast that the 2011 election has once again been shifted from the earlier postponed date of Monday, 4th April, 2011. The new dates are; National Assembly/Senatorial: 9th, Presidential:16th and Gubernatorial/State Assemblies: 26th. All are in this month of April.