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Nigeria election 2019: Poll held in last-minute drama



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Media caption Electoral commission chairman Mahmoud Yakubu announced the move

Nigeria has delayed its presidential and parliamentary elections for a week, in a dramatic night-time move.

19659004] The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) commissioned by Mahmoud Yakubu, citing logistical.

"Proceeding with the election as scheduled is no longer feasible." issues.

The presidential and parliamentary votes have been rescheduled for Saturday 23 February.

Governorship, state assembly and federal council have been rescheduled until Saturday 9 March.

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  • The announcement came after an emergency meeting at the Inec headquarters in Abuja.

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    9659013] Nigeria's two main political parties, the ruling All-Progressive Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), swiftly condemned the move.

    President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC party

    Voters haveisse, "urged calm and appealed to Nigerians to" refrain from civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development "

    Responses to Inec's tweet "The height of incompetence."

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Has Nigeria had election issues before?

Yes. Nigeria is not new to voting postponements – previous elections in 2011 and 2015 were delayed by several days.

In 2015, the country ordered the closure of all its lands and sea borders ahead of tightly contested elections.

That same year, one of the candidates died while voting were being counted.


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