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INEC met to discuss new election developments

2015-02-07 14:44
A picture shows presidential campaign posters of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-election for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan and leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohamma ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met on Saturday to discuss what the body's chairman said were "new developments" about next week's scheduled presidential election.

Head of INEC, Attahiru Jega, told delegates before a closed-door session that the gathering was designed to give an update on preparations.

But he also said it was "in particular to draw your attention to some new developments and to get your input as to how the commission should address these new developments".

A news conference is scheduled for later on Saturday.

Jega has been under pressure to announce a delay to the presidential and parliamentary poll because not all of the 68.8 million registered voters have received their cards.

A report in the Weekly Trust newspaper on Saturday said military top brass had told INEC that no soldiers will be available to provide security if the election takes place on February 14.

The newspaper, which did not quote its sources, said the chiefs of defence staff and national security advisor had written to Jega earlier this week "strongly advising" a six-week delay in polling.

There was no immediate response from the military when contacted by AFP but it is understood that the recommendations were the "new developments" being discussed at the INEC meeting.

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