Winning Back Trust in Nigeria’s Rescheduled Elections

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Only hours before polls were to open, Nigeria’s electoral commission postponed elections scheduled for 16 February by one week.

In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Nigeria expert Nnamdi Obasi says the commission and other authorities must act now to win back trust and reduce risks of violence.

  • What happened?

Nigeria’s 84 million voters were set to vote in presidential and federal legislative elections on 16 February.

But at 2.40 am that day, just over five hours before polling stations were to open, the nation’s election management agency, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), postponed the…

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