Federal Government Speaks On Cancellation, Postponement Of 2023 Elections

The Federal Government on Tuesday cleared the air on cancelling or shifting the 2023 general election.

This is coming after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicated that the security situation in the country might lead to the postponement of the electoral process.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, however, on Tuesday said insecurity will not lead to the postponement or cancellation of the 2023 general elections.

According to Mohammed, nothing has happened to alter the election timetable.

The minister noted that security operatives in the country have assured the nation of a peaceful atmosphere for the poll.

Mohammed stated this in his preliminary remarks at the 17th Edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard in Abuja.

He condemned the National Commissioner of INEC for raising a red flag on the poll, adding that there is no cause for alarm.

Mohammed said: “Let me use this opportunity to respond to inquiries from the media over a widely-circulated report, credited to an INEC official, that the 2023 general elections face a serious threat of cancellation due to insecurity.

“The position of the Federal Government remains that the 2023 elections will be held as planned. Nothing has happened to change that position.

“We are aware that INEC is working with the security agencies to ensure that the elections are successfully held across the country.

“The security agencies have also continued to assure Nigerians that they are working tirelessly to ensure that the elections are held in a peaceful atmosphere. Therefore, there is no cause for alarm.”

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