There are fears that the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states might be postponed due to the absence of national commissioners which might force the Independent National Electoral Commission to alter its earlier election timetable.
According to This Day, the postponement has became imperative partly because national commissioners that were supposed to oversee the elections has retired after the expiration of their tenures.
It was learnt that non-constitution of a new INEC management board was said to have hampered the activities of the commission.
Another reason given for the shift of date for the election is due to the financial state of the electoral body which accounts had been frozen by Central Bank of Nigeria for non-compliance with the present administration policy on the transfer of funds to the Treasury Single Account.
An official of the commission who pleaded for anonymity said: “Zakari has sent two requests to the presidency regarding the composition of the INEC board but no reply has been received at the moment. But we have unconfirmed information that Buhari may be announcing the appointment of INEC commissioners this week.”
The Kogi and Bayelsa states elections were supposed to hold on November 21 and December 5 respectively.
In a related development, Zakari had admitted that the electoral act used in conducting the 2015 general elections had major lapses.
The INEC boss who was speaking while in a meet with a delegation of military attaches of foreign missions in Nigeria called for a review of the act, adding that a review will address the shortcomings and improve the commission’s work.