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FW: INEC postponed Nigeria’s elections, but how does this impact the average person?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

On Saturday, 15th February 2019, Nigerians woke up to the news that the Presidential and National Assembly elections had been postponed. Even though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had four years to plan for the polls, Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, announced the postponement five hours before the elections were to start. 

The election scheduled has now been shifted forward by a week, and Nigerians across the country, including those running for office, have expressed their annoyance over the postponement of the polls at the last hour. 

But what are the broad economic implications of the decision? 

 

Travel costs

Nigerians can only vote at the polling unit they initially registered for their permanent voters' card (PVC). If a person lives in Abuja, for example, and registered in Adamawa State, she has to travel to Adamawa to vote.

So, a lot of Nigerians travelled to vote. People that moved homes, changed jobs, or left the country had to go back to their polling units. No surprise then that the unexpected change in date has upset a lot of Nigerians who spent money on transport and accommodation. 

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