The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has shifted the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections earlier scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2016 to Saturday, April 9, 2016.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the FCT, Prof. Jacob S. Jatau, announced the rescheduling at an emergency stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Monday 14th March, 2016.
Prof. Jatau, while explaining the reason for the rescheduling of the elections, said the inability of the election management body to secure the required number of youth corps members for the FCT polls is responsible for the rescheduling of the election.
“The commission has collaborated well and enjoyed cordial relationship with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). However, the Commission has not been able to get the required number of corps members for the elections scheduled for March 19th, 2016”, he said.
The REC said that the Commission reviewed its preparedness to guarantee the required results and in keeping with its policy on transparency decided to brief stakeholders on the challenge it has encountered in the recruitment of ad-hoc workers for the election.
Continuing, Prof. Jatau said the Commission is committed to ensuring the conduct of free, fair and credible elections, as well as delivering qualitative electoral services to Nigerians resident in the FCT. He called for the understanding and support of Political Parties and other stakeholders since the new date was still within the time allowed by law. He appealed to the media for greater collaboration in the area of dissemination of relevant information to the electorate.
The stakeholders meeting was attended by the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu; NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Omotayo Adewoye; representative of Directorate of State Security Service Mr. Ilupeju Adebayo; and Administrative Secretary INEC, FCT, Mr. A.A Adamu.