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Video: Stop being 'too dramatic' about poll changes

2015-02-11 15:25
People hold signs to protest postponement of elections in Abuja. (File: AFP)

Lagos – Nigerians are turning out to be "too dramatic" about the postponement of the general elections, and yet focus should be on the ability of voters to cast their votes on election day, the director of the Institute for Communication studies in Lagos, Austin Tam-George says.

Speaking in a video posted on YouTube by Channels Television, Tam-George said it was not the first time that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had postponed elections.

Watch the video below.

"In 2011, similar changes were made by INEC. We didn't feel at the time that the process was going to derail. So what I think is that we tend to be a little too dramatic about these changes," said Tam-George.

He continued: "I think what is important is that in the last analysis, people should have an opportunity to vote."

INEC moved the elections to the 28th of March from 14 February, a move that many described as a "setback" for Nigerian democracy.

Tam-George said over 20 million registered voters had not received their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) when INEC made the delay announcement. So this extension gives them the latitude... to make sure that each and every person who is willing to vote has a PVC to vote," he said.

Tam-George said the the country was well within the constitutional framework and therefore, well within the electoral process.

"I think that there is absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to how we stick to our calender in the electoral process." he said.

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