On the postponement of the 2022 elections

The holding of elections is a public service that the government must ensure to deliver. The idea to postpone the 2022 elections, if and when it happens, presents constitutional challenges.

The 1987 Constitution is clear on the fixed date for the national elections, which is the second Monday of May. The National Election is still two years away and we still have sufficient time to prepare. We can learn from the examples of other countries, such as the United States, which will be holding an election later this year, on how they conduct polls during COVID-19 pandemic.

We must not use the existing global health crisis as a ground to cancel and reschedule the elections as this would not sit well with the public.