There is a breaking speculation that the Nigerian election body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decided to postpone the 2015 General Elections. INEC is said to have reached reached the at a stakeholders meeting held today, February 7. INEC had earlier announced that it would reach a final decision today. An official close to the commission is said to have told The Associated Press that INEC decided to postpone the election for six weeks due to the threat posed by Boko Haram. The source added that the poll shift would allow extra time for a newly constituted multinational force to secure the North-East which is currently being plagued by Boko Haram attacks. It would also enable the commission continue distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to citizens to prevent mass disenfranchisement.
INEC is expected to make an official announcement of the postponement at a news conference later in the day.