Resident Electoral Commissioner for FCT, Prof. Jacob Jatau

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the Area Councils Elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja earlier fixed for this Saturday, March 19th, to April 9th.

Addressing an emergency meeting of stakeholders on Monday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for FCT, Prof. Jacob Jatau, attributed the shift to the inability of the commission to get enough members of the National Youth Service Corps to conduct the polls.

He said that following the consultations with stakeholders and based on the shortage of ad hoc staff needed for the conduct of the poll, the Commission has decided to shift the elections by three weeks.

“The new date for the Area Councils elections in the FCT is April 9th,2016. There is a challenge currently as the Commission has not been able to get the required of Corps Members for the elections scheduled for March 19th, 2016”, he stated.