Nigeria: Postponed Democracy

 

 

Just a few hours before voters were scheduled to head to the polls, the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), at 2:30 am on Saturday morning, postponed the Nigerian Elections. In a statement released by INEC, the Nigerian people and the rest of the world were informed that proceeding with the election as scheduled was no longer feasible, due to “logistical problems.” Unsurprisingly, there has been an uproar across the nation about how this has undermined a free and fair electoral process. Many have taken to social media to express their frustrations and air their suspicions about motivations for such an unprecedented move. The main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has objected to the delay. The PDP chairman has attributed the delay to attempts by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to consolidate for their failing “rigging options.” The incumbent President Buhari of the APC, said he was "deeply disappointed." The last time an election was postponed was in 2015, but this was due to the security threats posed by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. The 2019 presidential elections will now be held on the 23rd of February. 

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