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The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23

Muslims make traditional Friday prayers at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold ...
A young boy scavenges for re-sellable items from garbage on the streets, as he walks past a sign showing incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, left, a...
A Nigerian woman attends Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 2019...
Young Muslim boys wait for traditional Friday prayers to begin at a mosque near to the Emir's palace a day prior to the start of the elections, in Kan...
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic ex...
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic ex...
An electoral worker takes stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, ...
A Nigerian woman attending Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 20...
People cross the roads near the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria's main opposition pa...
An electoral worker take stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, F...

Muslims make traditional Friday prayers at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold ...

A young boy scavenges for re-sellable items from garbage on the streets, as he walks past a sign showing incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, left, a...

A Nigerian woman attends Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 2019...

Young Muslim boys wait for traditional Friday prayers to begin at a mosque near to the Emir's palace a day prior to the start of the elections, in Kan...

Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic ex...

Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic ex...

An electoral worker takes stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, ...

A Nigerian woman attending Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 20...

People cross the roads near the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria's main opposition pa...

An electoral worker take stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, F...

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's election (all times local):

2:50 a.m.

Nigeria's electoral commission says the presidential election is delayed until Feb. 23 over unspecified "challenges" amid reports that voting materials have not been delivered to all parts of the country.

Commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu spoke to reporters a little over five hours before polls were supposed to open in Africa's most populous country and largest democracy.

The commission promised more details at a 2 p.m. briefing in the capital, Abuja.

Yakubu said that "this was a difficult decision to take but necessary for successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy."

In 2015, Nigeria delayed the election by six weeks over insecurity.


Updated : 2021-05-10 13:16 GMT+08:00