Nigeria postpones presidential vote amid violence

Nigeria postpones presidential vote amid violence

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By Al Jazeera

Nigeria’s electoral commission has announced that the country will hold elections on March 28, six weeks later than planned, following a rise in attacks by the Boko Haram group in the north.

Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said late on Saturday that security chiefs advised a postponement as troops would not be available because of operations against the armed group.

“If the security of personnel, voters, election observers and election material cannot be guaranteed, the lives of innocent young men and women and the prospect of free, fair and credible elections will be greatly jeopardised,” said Jega.

Source:: Al Jazeera

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