South African Nigerian election observers demand visa extensions

Buhari-Poster.jpegThe Pan African Women’s project, a South African-based international election observer group, has appealed to Nigeria’s federal government to extend the visas of all foreign observers to enable them to remain until March 9, when the rescheduled polls are expected to take place.

The group, which is accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), also urged the commission to avoid further postponement, the Premium Times reported.

On Saturday INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, announced that presidential and national assembly elections would be postponed until Saturday – only hours before they were due to be held. Yakubu also said that governorship and state assembly elections had been postponed from March 2 to March 9.

The Pan African group’s publicity secretary Mphoentle Keitseng made the appeal for the visa extension during a press conference in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

“The Nigerian government should instruct the Comptroller General of Immigration to extend the visas for all foreign observers enabling them to stay until the March the 9th 2019 general elections,” said Keitseng.