In the wake of the postponement of the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Connected Development (CODE), an accredited observer for the general elections, has expressed disappointment at the recent development and described it as unacceptable.
CODE made the disclosure in a statement signed by Kevwe Oghide, the Communication officer.
According to her, the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, made a statement just few hours to the election, that “following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan and the determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections, the Commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible.”
CODE’s Chief Executive, Hamzat Lawal, disclosed that the commission had 4 years and N186 billion to prepare for any contingency that may impede the electoral process.
” The consequence of the last-minute decision is grievous on many levels”.
Lawal thanked the Nigerian people for the show of love for the country, and maturity in handling the postponement of elections by INEC. He urged them to continue to remain calm and peaceful, stating that democracy is a process and there are occasional setbacks in an effort to get it right.
He further charged security agencies to be more alert during the sensitive period and protect lives and properties especially of the vulnerable Youth Corpers, local and international observers who have been deployed to various regions of the country.
“INEC cannot just cite logistics and operational plans as “identified challenges.” The commission owes the Nigerian people and stakeholders a clear explanation of the issues that led to the postponement of the election”.
Lawal further cautioned political parties on allegations and the use of words that may trigger violence during this period.