Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.), the National Security Adviser (NSA), has lent his voice to the campaign for the postponement of the general elections. During a talk at London think-tank, Chatham House on Thursday, Dasuki said a delay within the time allowed by the law would be a good idea.
He also said had discussed the matter with Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Dasuki argued that a postponement of the elections fixed for next month will give organisers more time to distribute millions of biometric voters cards.
“That is what we are encouraging at the moment,” he said.
The elections will be the first where voters have to have a biometric card, introduced to guard against fraud that has plagued previous polls.
Dasuki said INEC had distributed 30 million cards in the past year, but still has another 30 million to hand out.
He said INEC had assured him it would achieve this in time for the February date, but he thought it would make more sense to take more time. He added that there was a 90-day window during which the election could legally take place.
“It costs you nothing, it’s still within the law,” he said.
Dasuki, however, added that it was for INEC and not for him to decide.
“What sense does it make to vote three months early when there are 30 million cards still with INEC? That’s my position,” Dasuki said.