According to Reuters, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has announced the rescheduling of the 2015 elections to March 28 & April 11. The Presidential, Senatorial & House of Representatives elections will take place on March 28, while the Governorship and State House of Assembly’s will hold on April 11.
The day-long deliberation to postpone the February 14 presidential election until March 28 was due to security concerns arising as a result of pressure from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in a move to likely enrage the opposition party.
“The commission cannot lightly wave off the advice of the nation’s security chiefs… The risk of deploying young men and women and calling people to exercise their democratic rights in a situation where their security cannot be guaranteed is a most onerous responsibility,” Attahiru Jega, chairman of INEC told reporters.
“Consequently the commission has decided to reschedule the elections thus. The national elections, i.e. presidential and national assembly are to hold on March 28, 2015; governorship and state assembly elections are to hold on April 11, 2015.”