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Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by WisdomFlakes: 6:17am On Feb 03, 2015
Monday Agu Jnr,Abuja

Citing the need to de­fuse the rising tension in the land, among other rea­sons, the Federal Govern­ment is set to shift the com­ing polls by six weeks, the Daily Times has learnt.

The presidential and Na­tional Assembly elections are currently scheduled for February 14, while those of the states will hold on Feb­ruary 28.
Daily Times authorita­tively learnt that under the new proposal, the elections may now hold at the end of March.
The proposed change is hinged on the mounting tension in the country se­quel to violent displays at some of the ongoing cam­paigns across the country.

The feeling inside gov­ernment circles is that there is need to let the ten­sion, which is nearing boil­ing point in the country at the moment, come down before the election could hold, otherwise there could be an implosion.

Sources say that within the six weeks, efforts will be made to calm frayed nerves and encourage more people to embrace peace.
It is feared that the presi­dential election in particu­lar may lead to an implo­sion in the country.

The body language in the North suggests a possible repeat of the bloodletting that occurred after Jona­than was declared winner of the 2011 election, if the incumbent wins again. It is also feared that a similar turmoil may erupt, espe­cially in the South South, if General Muhammadu Buhari of the All progres­sives Congress (APC) wins the election. Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is an Ijaw from the South South area of the country.

Besides, there is uncer­tainty over whether the elections could validly hold in the North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa which have been wracked by the Boko Ha­ram insurgency. There are security concerns over the safety of full-time and ad-hoc staff of the Indepen­dent Electoral Commission (INEC) during the polls.

This development was further accentuated by the recent declaration by European Union Election Observers who said they would not be visiting the troubled states over con­cerns for their safety.

Another reason being adduced for the proposed shift is the non-availability of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) across the states. The fear is that this may end up in the disen­franchisement of many eli­gible voters.

Thus, the Presidency be­lieves that shifting the polls by about six weeks would allow more people to get their PVCs and be eligible to vote.
Indeed, Section 26 (6) of the Electoral Act 2010 stip­ulates that an election to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be held not earlier than 150 days to the expiration of the date of office and not later than 30 days to the expiration of the office.
Thus, if the six weeks shift is finally accepted, it will be within the time stipulated by the Electoral Act as there will be about 60 days before the expiration of the incumbent’s stay in office.

Last month, the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) at a talkshop in the UK mooted the idea of a slight shift in the date of the elections, a development that has sparked heated debates across the country.
http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/govt-may-shift-polls-six-weeks

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by WisdomFlakes: 6:18am On Feb 03, 2015
I'll urge folks to take this source seriously, considering that DailyTimes is Pro-GEJ. It's pretty-much a done deal.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by TeamSimple(m): 6:20am On Feb 03, 2015
I just knew it..But Nigeria and their lack of preparedness..we had 4 good years to prepare for this election,so why all the tension?

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by Oklander: 6:20am On Feb 03, 2015
Any attempt or attempted attempt to delay and deny the liberation of this great nation from corruption will be exuberantly resisted.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by donsmall94(m): 6:20am On Feb 03, 2015
*In Olamide's voice*
Eni duro
Ase sen meye bolapo
#Sai Buhari
*In kwam 1 voice *
#sai Baba

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by xreal: 6:26am On Feb 03, 2015
I knew election will not hold on the 14th.

Even if election hold on the 28th of May, CHANGE shall surely come.

Sai Buhari!

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by ionsman: 6:27am On Feb 03, 2015
Gej, please stop delaying your imminent loss.
Shifting or no shifting, you are going back to otueke.
Q.E.D

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by Nobody: 6:30am On Feb 03, 2015
however u want am, whenever u want am, we re ready already...so, oga Jona, u may postpone the election to strategize more on how 2 rig the election..no problem, we re ready 4 u......
Buhari all d way

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by Firefire(m): 6:34am On Feb 03, 2015
The election should not be postpone joo, we do not need to give anybody the avenue to yarn garbage.

However, I am an advocate of peaceful election.

Some people have been brainwashed that a particular candidate will win, I can only laugh. cheesy

I suspect the cult-like followers of that candidate can results to violence once their master's loses.

We need a PEACEFUL Nigeria where we can live together PEACEFULLY.

Shalom!

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by Chiefpriest1(m): 6:37am On Feb 03, 2015
If the shift will give us credible polls and not because of some hidden agenda, so be it

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by Nobody: 6:38am On Feb 03, 2015
Jonathan is nolonger sleeping at night because of his dreams ofmassive defeat

Say no to election postponement

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by djembapat(m): 6:39am On Feb 03, 2015
ok
Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by stinggy(m): 6:39am On Feb 03, 2015
This is wrong. People are traveling home already undecided

Let's get this done as planned, whoever comes victorious is as the gods willeth.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by adconline(m): 6:42am On Feb 03, 2015
Cluelessness of this administration knows no bound. If elections are postponed by 6months, GEJ would have been in power for more than 4 years, thereby violating the constitution and making his authority illegal. He also needs the constitution changed to accommodate a-4& 1/2 yr presidency.. Changing the constitution takes more time and resources than holding an election..

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by clevvermind(m): 6:44am On Feb 03, 2015
i support this motion. the election should be postponed. we don't want any violence to erupt in this country. we want peace.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by opalu: 6:53am On Feb 03, 2015
This is utter rubbish and arrant nonsense. The Presidency which is headed by one of the parties cannot shift the Election arbitrarily except it passes through both Chambers of the National Assembly with a simple majority vote. The reason being that INEC is an independent body based on the law that set it up. When you being a Candidate fix a date for election just because you want to perfect your rigging machinery or for the eligibility case against your main Challenger to be concluded, then it means you have usurped the powers of the Independent Electoral Umpire. Nigerians will resist this.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by Nobody: 6:56am On Feb 03, 2015
clevvermind:
i support this motion. the election should be postponed. we don't want any violence to erupt in this country. we want peace.

Postponing the election won't stop the violence.

Not when there are millions of Nigerians who think that their crumb supply would be in jeopardy, whichever of their Maters loses.

The only thing that may mitigate violence is if a third party wins. But....that is not going to happen.

All that is left is for the idea that ''if your son does not get to Abuja, no development for you'''to be removed from the average Nigerian's consciousness.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by deejayterabyte(m): 7:05am On Feb 03, 2015
Jonathan's desperation is here for all to see

The FG shouldn't try any rubbish, Elections must hold and change must come

Go back home GEJ!, go home you are drunk!

SAI Buhari

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by kimond101: 7:05am On Feb 03, 2015
This FG wants to destabilize Nigeria sha.
Cause if they postpone elections and Gej wins it would be concluded by all that it was rigged.
No do ojoro!

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by ggrin(f): 7:05am On Feb 03, 2015
angry

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by igbsam(m): 7:05am On Feb 03, 2015
They shouldn't try this nonsense o!

This will give way for rigging now.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by clevvermind(m): 7:06am On Feb 03, 2015
bushdoc9919:


Postponing the election won't stop the violence.

Not when there are millions of Nigerians who think that their crumb supply would be in jeopardy, whichever of their Maters loses.

The only thing that may mitigate violence is if a third party wins. But....that is not going to happen.

All that is left is for the idea that ''if your son does not get to Abuja, no development for you'''to be removed from the average Nigerian's consciousness.
many people have not yet collected their pvc and it seems adequate preparation have not been made to curb post election violence. we still need more time for preparation. some vampires need to be enlightened too.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by Mogidi: 7:07am On Feb 03, 2015
adconline:
Cluelessness of this administration knows no bound. If elections are postponed by 6months, GEJ would have been in power for more than 4 years, [size=15pt]thereby violating the constitution and making his authority illegal[/size]. He also needs the constitution changed to accommodate a-4& 1/2 yr presidency.. Changing the constitution takes more time and resources than holding an election..

And if Buhari is allowed to contest in contravention of the provisions of the Electoral Act/INEC (Form CF001), it would be an illegality as well.
[size=15pt]
IT MUST BE FAILBUHARY[/size]

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by vantage7: 7:07am On Feb 03, 2015
An attempt to delay the inevitable or an attempt to buy time to engage in more face-saving?

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by alaoeri: 7:07am On Feb 03, 2015
Sahara reporters vindicated, election must hold on FEBUHARI 14, Jona want to buy time to change Jega & buy more electorates with money.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by adrainuche(m): 7:07am On Feb 03, 2015
Omo Jati Jati

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by lafex: 7:07am On Feb 03, 2015
Jega will never allow that
However,Pdp is just trying to raise more issue to increase Buhari's popularity as they are used to and that doesn't mean that Buhari will not beat Jonathan hands down in either day the poll comes up.

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by kekakuz(m): 7:07am On Feb 03, 2015
its the most practicable thing to do.
honesty we are not ready
Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by WisdomFlakes: 7:07am On Feb 03, 2015
If the gov't has noble intentions for the proposition, fine. But if it's a pretext to try to reverse this administration's increasing loss of credibility and Buhari's rising profile, I'd advice them to have a rethink, coz if the result of the certificate saga is anything to go by, they could end up looking even more desperate than they currently do.
Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by gambit10: 7:08am On Feb 03, 2015
Some people on here be shouting GEJ till 200956, even gEJ himself has seen the result of this election and it has otueke written all over it

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by MZdamola(f): 7:08am On Feb 03, 2015
UP APC!!!!!!!

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Re: Govt. May Shift Polls By Six Weeks - Dailytimes by gabriel212: 7:08am On Feb 03, 2015
#ELECTIONMUSTHOLDINFEB.

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