Nigeria’s watershed vote will not take place in some polling stations on polling day, admits the country’s election chief, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu while emerging from Monday’s crunch meeting with political party leaders.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) boss says voting will almost certainly not proceed in 240 polling units when millions of Nigerians go to the polls to elect a president, senators and members of its House of Representatives on February 25th.
INEC says it will provide details about the reason for the exclusion of these polling units from the highly anticipated exercise which would guarantee a new leader for Nigeria in the next four years.
The 2023 elections will be held on 25 February 2023 to elect a president and his vice president.
Elections for the Houe of Representatives and the Senate will take place simultaneously although state elections will be held on 11 March.
Outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) cannot seek re-election after his mandated two terms of four years.
Bola Tinubu, a former governor or Lagos State is the APC’s candidate to replace Mr Buhari as Nigeria’s president.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are fielding ex federal vice president Atiku Abubakar while the New Nigeria Peoples Party have put up Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State for the top job.
93.46 million Nigerians are eligible to vote.