Vanguard (Lagos)

2 April 2011

Nigeria: Logistics Problems - INEC Postpones Elections in Edo, Delta, Others

Photo: Shareef Ilah/Vanguard
Voters line up in Kano on Saturday.

Abuja — The general elections in Nigeria started, Saturday with hitches caused by poor logistics, leading to the postponement of the exercise in some states and cities across the country.

The Saturday’s elections are for the 109 seats in Senate and 360 seats for the House of Representatives.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN the elections had been postponed in Delta and Edo, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Postponement were also announced in parts of Ekiti, Kwara and Gombe states where some senatorial elections were cancelled.

The Public Relations Officer of INEC in FCT, Mr Mohammed Salihu, confirmed the postponement of the elections in FCT and said it was the decision of the commission.

He said the action was connected with vendors inability to supply some sensitive materials, especially ballot papers for Senatorial elections.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Delta State, Mr Gabriel Adah, also told newsmen that the postponment was due to logistics.

He also said that only the INEC headquarters could reschedule the elections.

Reports across the country confirm hitches, as materials arrived in many polling stations late.

The Director of Public Affairs of INEC, Mr Emmanuel Umenger, said it was too early to speculate over the cause of delay in the arrival of election materials.

“Such problems arising from unforseen circumstances were expected. INEC can make up for the lose of time,” he said.

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