Breaking: INEC extends voting hours


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will extend voting hours in areas where polling failed to open by 8am, it be confirmed.

The National Commissioner in Charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, said the commission had anticipated that there might be some hiccups.

Okoye however assured Nigerians that the commission is on top of the situation, urging the public not to panic.

Speaking on the extension of voting hour, Okoye noted that in any of the states where polls open at 9 o’clock, there will be an extension of one hour.

The extension time, he said, is predicated on the hours of delay experienced.

On this, he said INEC is in touch with the Resident Electoral Commissioners

Speaking on the identified hiccups, Okoye said most of the challenges are security- related and delay on the part of transporters.

In the issue of security, he noted that INEC boss was already in touch with security agencies to address the situation.

On the general outlook, he said polling in some states opened 100 percent at the stipulated time while some states recorded 90%