Nigeria

INEC may change election dates


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Just two weeks before legislative elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been forced to reconsider the forthcoming election dates as a result of a Federal High Court ruling.

The current dates are based upon Section 25 of the recently revised Electoral Act which requires legislative elections to come before the presidential election and then governorship and state assembly elections.

That sequence has been challenged by opposition parties who have said that only the INEC and not the national assembly can decide the sequence of elections. Opposition parties are concerned that voters will take note of the presidential results and vote accordingly in the governorship and state elections. Both governors and state assemblymen are powerful political entities in Nigeria who carry considerable patronage.

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