Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shifted the Edo State Governorship Poll from Saturday to September 28.
INEC announced the shift, about two hours after insisting on going ahead with the poll on Saturday, against the advice from the police and department of security service to postpone it.
Announcing the shift in the poll, INEC National Commissioner on voter education and publicity, Solomon Soyebi, said the decision was taken following the security threat alert earlier raised by police and DSS.
Soyebi, addressing a news conference in Benin City on Thursday night, said INEC formally received notice from the two security agencies six pm on Thursday that deployment of security operatives nationwide, to respond to the anticipated terror attacks on Monday and Tuesday next week, would not enable them to effectively secure Edo state during the poll.
Earlier, Soyebi, at a press conference in Benin City, had said that the agency had mobilised 99 point nine per cent for the poll.