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Why Nigeria general elections have been postponed

The general elections in Nigeria have been postponed, this came a few hours before the D-Day. Presidential and National Assembly election have been moved by a week to 23rd February while Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections to March 09th.

The Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) Chairman Mahmood Yakubu stated that to facilitate holding a free, fair and credible election, this was paramount.

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The two leading political parties All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have blamed each other on the postponement of this election.

Voters reacted with frustration and disappointment as the cancellation came too late, some of them having already travelled for the sake of voting.

In the past two weeks, several offices of INEC were set ablaze while card readers and voter cards destroyed.

Africa’s most populated country has its economy at stake. The winner in this election has to address power shortages, corruption, security problems and a sluggish economy.

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There are 73 registered Presidential candidates, but the two main candidates are President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, 72.

Postponement of elections is not a new thing in Nigeria. In 2011 and 2015, the same thing happened.

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