Nigerian Election Delayed for a Week
As voters, poll workers and security services braced for a tense day of voting, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission pulled the plug on election eve. Holding presidential and parliamentary elections Saturday was “no longer feasible,” its chairman said, announcing next Saturday as the contest’s new date. Africa’s most populous nation is once again choosing between an incumbent who’s disappointed on both corruption and economic issues, President Muhammadu Buhari, and a questionable top challenger, Atiku Abubakar.
What’s expected? Past election disputes have sparked deadly clashes, but 2015’s transition went peacefully and both top 2019 candidates have pledged to promote a peaceful outcome.