The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has issued a preliminary report on the ongoing Presidential and National Assembly elections, saying in some places polls did not begin as scheduled owing to security challenges or issues with some members the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW.
INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye said this on Saturday in Abuja at a news conference at the National Collation Centre.
He was joined at the briefing by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman Rotimi Oyekanmi as well as the Director, Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Liaison Oluwole Osaze-Uzi.
The commission, he said has approved an extension of voting time in areas where there were delays. Such extensions would be commensurate with the number of hours lost to the delays.
Consequently, Okoye said the commission has decided to extend polls in areas where polling did not start on time. For instance, where polling started 12pm instead of 8am, the extension would be for four hours.