…Calls for one-month rescheduling from February 16
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
The presidential candidate of the Folks’s Belief, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has written to the chairman of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, asking for the postponement of the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections rescheduled for Saturday.
He stated the one-week postponement of the elections earlier scheduled for final Saturday was too quick to handle the logistics issues the electoral physique stated have been accountable for the final postponement.
In accordance with a press release made out there to journalists in Abuja on Monday, Olawepo-Hashim instructed the INEC chairman within the letter that one other extension was affordable in view of the logistics burden on the contestants and the events.
He argued that candidates and political events would now must repeat logistics preparations that had hitherto been deployed to attain the extent of mobilisation on the February 16 earlier date.
He stated, “It’s my thought of opinion that within the haste to stay to a rapidly introduced date for the election, the fee might not have paid ample consideration to the attendant voter apathy which will consequence if ample confidence constructing measures are usually not applied to win again ‘would-be’ voters for the following date of polling.
“Because of this and since potential voters’ apathy in some part of the nation or the entire nation might considerably have an effect on the outcomes of the election, a brand new date of election ought to be between three to 4 weeks from February 16, and never one week from February 16 as beforehand introduced.
“That is extra so for self-funded candidates and political events who should not have the chances or intentions of falling rapidly on the state treasuries to refinance one other logistic deployment.”
He additionally famous that campaigns must also resume in consonance with extant laws that enables marketing campaign to proceed up until 24 hours earlier than elections.
“The Fee ought to liaise with the Nationwide Orientation Company who ought to use its nationwide networks to make sure mobilisation of communities, social and curiosity teams to succeed in potential voters to be able to keep away from voter apathy on the subsequent date of election,” he added within the letter.