Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Nigeria to hold presidential election in April

Nigerian officials have said that the country will hold presidential elections on 9th April next year. Originally, the poll had been scheduled for January, but later delayed when the parliament approved constitutional changes.

Government officials said the delay was required to amend the voters' roll, largely regarded as flawed. In the past, Nigerian elections have been marred by conflict, violence and allegations of corruption.

The Independent National Election Commission said a parliamentary election would be held on 2nd April, a week before the presidential vote.

Nigeria's governing party the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has won all of Nigeria's presidential elections since the military rule ended in 1999. The candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan has been challenged by four PDP members, including former vice-president Atiku Abubakar.

Source: BBC News

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