A Pro-Atiku group, Vote for Atiku Initiative, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to shift all elections to Mondays, instead of the usual Saturdays.
The National President of the group, Mr. Ifeanyi Maduako, in a signed press release made available to our correspondent in Owerri on Thursday, advised INEC to shift dates for all elections to Monday, to accommodate over 20 million eligible Christian voters who worship on Saturdays.
Maduako claimed that there were over 20 million Christian voters who may be disenfranchised from voting as they go to their various worship centres on Saturday to observe the holy day of Sabbath.
He said, “The Nigerian authorities and INEC should see the general election as the most important event in the life of the country and accord it the respect it deserves.”
Insisting that there was nothing wrong in conducting elections on Monday or any other day of the week apart from Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Maduako noted that in some African countries such as Ghana, elections are not always conducted on Saturdays but on weekdays.
“If Nigeria could designate certain days as Children’s Day holiday, Workers’ Day holiday, Independence Day holiday and Democracy Day holiday, among others, I do not see the reason why elections, which are even more important than all these ones, cannot have holidays instead of this weekend of Saturdays”, Maduako added.
He therefore called on INEC, to, as a matter of urgency, shift the forthcoming general election to Monday, saying it will not affect any religious faith.