Nigerian Presidential Election Postponed By A Week, Opposition Slams Delay

Published on 16 Feb 2019, 20:05
According to a report by Reuters, on Saturday, Nigerian authorities postponed a national election by a week, just hours before polls were scheduled to open, prompting the opposition candidate to accuse President Muhannadu Buhari of attempting to 'disenfranchise' voters. The electoral commission reportedly claimed that the postponement was due solely to logistical factors and denied political pressure had played a role in the decision. Buhari and his rival, opposition leader and former vice president, Atiku Abubaker, both urged voters to remain calm. The chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, said the election would now be held on Feb. 23, adding that the date was “sacrosanct” and that campaigning would be suspended until then.

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