Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, April 04, 2011

Postponed again in Nigeria

Logistics gets the blame for more delays. But there are suspicions of other causes.

Nigerian election postponed again
Nigeria has postponed its parliamentary election until next Saturday - the second such delay in two days.

The vote was initially due to take place on Saturday, but staff and papers failed to materialise at polling stations around the country…

The election commission's decision means presidential and state elections have also been pushed back.

The BBC's Caroline Duffield in Lagos says the country's political culture of vote-rigging and violence has made it difficult for people to accept the official explanations for the delay.

She says many voters - and some politicians - think political interference caused Saturday's chaos.

The elections are seen as a vital test of Nigeria's democratic credentials…

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