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Nigerians wake to find a delayed election, with some angry

A man reads a copy of a newspaper which managed to print the news of the postponement in time, in the morning at a newspaper stand in Kano, in norther...
Nigerians check voters' lists at a polling station in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Nigeria's electoral commission delayed the presidentia...
A police officer keeps guard over electoral materials still stacked in boxes at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, ...
Nigerians check voters' lists at a polling station in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Nigeria's electoral commission delayed the presidentia...
A police officer keeps guard over electoral materials still stacked in boxes at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, ...
Newspaper sellers bring copies of a newspaper which managed to print the news of the postponement in time, in the morning at a newspaper stand in Kano...
Newspaper distributors take hot drinks from a roadside stall in the morning next to a newspaper stand in Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 16, ...
Nigerian police officers guard the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Nigeria's electoral c...
Nigerians discuss the overnight developments at a newspaper stand selling copies of papers that printed before the postponement was announced, in the ...

A man reads a copy of a newspaper which managed to print the news of the postponement in time, in the morning at a newspaper stand in Kano, in norther...

Nigerians check voters' lists at a polling station in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Nigeria's electoral commission delayed the presidentia...

A police officer keeps guard over electoral materials still stacked in boxes at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, ...

Nigerians check voters' lists at a polling station in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Nigeria's electoral commission delayed the presidentia...

A police officer keeps guard over electoral materials still stacked in boxes at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, ...

Newspaper sellers bring copies of a newspaper which managed to print the news of the postponement in time, in the morning at a newspaper stand in Kano...

Newspaper distributors take hot drinks from a roadside stall in the morning next to a newspaper stand in Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, Feb. 16, ...

Nigerian police officers guard the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Nigeria's electoral c...

Nigerians discuss the overnight developments at a newspaper stand selling copies of papers that printed before the postponement was announced, in the ...

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians have awakened to find the presidential election delayed a week from Saturday until Feb. 23 because of what the electoral commission has called unspecified "challenges." The country's top two political parties condemn the last-minute postponement.

Some bitter voters in the capital, Abuja, and elsewhere who traveled home to cast their ballots say they cannot afford to wait another seven days.

A spokesman for top opposition challenger Atiku Abubakar in Delta state said the electoral commission "has destroyed the soul of Nigeria with this act."

Abubakar is expected to speak to reporters later Saturday from his home in the north.

One ruling party campaign director said it is better to give the electoral commission time to conduct a credible vote.

The commission is to give more details in the afternoon.


Updated : 2021-06-21 09:20 GMT+08:00