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Just In: INEC Postpones Gov’ship Election

By Dare Akogun

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the governorship and state house of assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, March 11 by a week.

The polls have now been rescheduled by one week to March 18, 2023.

The news was contained in a statement signed the by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and  Voter Education Commission Festus Okoye and made available to newsmen this night in Abuja.

Okoye said the postponement was due to the inability of the commission to commence the re-configuration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines used for the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, to enable their use for the state elections.

According to the statement “Following today’s rulling by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, on the reconfiguration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System used for the presidential election, the commission met to assess it’s impact on the commission for the Governorship and state Houses of assembly election.

“While the ruling of the Tribunal makes it possible for the commission to commence preparation of the BVAS for the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly election, it has come fsr too late for the reconfiguration to be concluded.

” Consequently , the commission has taken the difficult but necessary decision to reschedule the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly election, which will now take place on Saturday 18, March 2023.

“By this decision campaigns will now continue till midnight March 16, 2023,” he said.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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