Nigeria postpones parliament vote to Monday

AFP , Saturday 2 Apr 2011

New vote scheduled for Monday

People queue to verify their names on the voters' register at a polling centre before the start of parliamentary elections in Lagos April 2, 2011. Nigeria's parliamentary elections were postponed in the capital Abuja and several other parts of Africa's most populous nation on Saturday because voting materials failed to reach polling stations. REUTERS

Nigerian officials have decided to postpone Saturday's parliament elections after organisational problems marred the start of the vote, the electoral commission chief announced.

"In order to maintain the integrity of the elections and retain effective overall control of the process, the commission has taken the very difficult but necessary decision to postpone the national assembly elections to Monday, April 4, 2011," Attahiru Jega told journalists.

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