(BBC NEWS) – Nigeria has delayed its presidential and parliamentary elections for a week, in a dramatic night-time move.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) made the announcement just five hours before the polls were due to open on Saturday.
“Proceeding with the election as scheduled is no longer feasible,” commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu said, citing logistical issues.
The two main candidates have asked people to remain calm and be patient.
Mr Yakubu said the difficult decision to postpone was needed to ensure a free and fair vote.