Nigeria was poised to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on February 14, 2015.
On Saturday, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, said the poll date was postponed because troops necessary to protect polling stations were being deployed to fight Boko Haram. The decision was taken on the advice of national security chiefs.
The commission has touted March, 28, 2015 as the new poll date.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) — which is challenging the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan — has called the decision a setback for Nigerian democracy.
The APC’s candidate, Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, says he was not informed about the decision, and that it is ploy by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to get more time.