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Nigeria elections: No delay to poll, says council of state

From: BBC

Nigeria's influential council of state has decided to press ahead with presidential elections on 14 February, rejecting calls for a postponement.

Election officials had assured the council that they would meet the 14 February deadline, said Rivers state governor Rochas Okorocha.

Nigeria's national security adviser had called for a delay to allow more time for voter card distribution. Nigeria is also battling an Islamist-led insurgency in the north-east.

The council of state - made up of presidential candidates, ex-leaders, state governors and election officials - met in the capital, Abuja, on Thursday to discuss the crisis.

"No decision was taken to change the date. The date remains February 14. Inec (Independent National Electoral Commission) reassured us that they are prepared to conduct the election," Mr Okorocha told journalists.

Ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari is President Goodluck Jonathan's main challenger, in what is expected to be the most tightly contested poll since military rule ended in 1999.


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