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Nigerian presidential polls postponed

Sunday, February 08, 2015 - 01:07

Election commission officials decide to delay Nigerian presidential elections out of safety concerns. Julie Noce reports.

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Members of Nigeria's electoral commission have decided to postpone the country's February 14th presidential election until the end of March citing security concerns. The chairman of the commission made the announcement Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR ATTAHIRU JEGA, SAYING: "Our hope is that with this rescheduling the security services will do their best to ensure that the security environment needed for safe and peaceful conduct of the 2015 election is rapidly put in place." The opposition accuse the ruling party of pushing for the postponement to increase their candidates' chances of winning. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, AISHA YUSUFU, SAYING: "Right now I'm very angry, I'm a very very angry Nigerian. I'm not even angry at the government alone I'm angry at citizens who sit down and take these things being thrown at them and do nothing about it. The impunity of the Nigerian citizen sitting down and doing nothing and expecting there will be a change." The poll will pit incumbent Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

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Nigerian presidential polls postponed

Sunday, February 08, 2015 - 01:07