Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Election delays in Nigeria

Maybe they should have hired the logistics experts that UPS keeps bragging about in their TV ads. Not all ballots got to the right places, so legislative elections have been delayed in Nigeria (after some of the polling places had opened).

Nigerian election postponed over problems
Nigeria postponed its National Assembly elections Saturday as ballots and tally sheets remained missing from polling places throughout the nation, a worrying sign as the oil-rich nation faces a month of crucial polls.

Election chief Attahiru Jega told voters in a nationwide radio address that the country faced "an emergency" and extraordinary measures needed to be taken to ensure a free and fair election. He said polls are rescheduled for Monday…

Saturday's election was to decide who should occupy seats in the country's National Assembly, positions worth more than $1 million in salaries and perks. It also was the true test for Nigeria's electoral commission to prove it could overcome the nation's history of flawed polls…

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