Sunday, 10 April 2011

Nigerian President (Goodluck Jonathan) backs embattled polls chief

Dateline: ABUJA (New Generation Africa) Understands that the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan backed the country's embattled polls chief on Tuesday, saying he had been left with no option but to postpone general elections after voting materials failed to arrive on time. The choatic situation resulting from non availability of ballot papers to bomb explotions in electoral offices in some states resulted in postponement of elections according to our source in Abuja.
Africa's most populous nation had to abandon parliamentary polls on Saturday after results sheets failed to arrive in many parts of the country, sparking fury among voters who were promised a break with a history of flawed and violent polls.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) delayed its election timetable by a week -- including a presidential vote, now set for April 16, and state governorship polls ten days later -- to buy time to solve the logistical problems.
"What happened is another demonstration that the country and the electoral body are committed to conducting credible elections," Jonathan told journalists in the capital Abuja.
"Votes must count and it must begin with the parliamentary election because if we have a bad parliament, we cannot have a good government," says Jonathan in his press briefing.

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