Nigeria counts cost of postponed presidential poll

Nigerians on Sunday counted the cost of the last-minute postponement of presidential elections, with predictions the delay could lose the…

Nigerians on Sunday counted the cost of the last-minute postponement of presidential elections, with predictions the delay could lose the country billions of dollars.

The streets of Lagos, the country’s sprawling commercial hub of more than 20 million people, were empty following disappointment and anger at the last-minute decision.

Some 84 million people were registered to vote for a new president and parliament on Saturday until the Independent National Electoral Commission announced a one-week delay.

The two main candidates — President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar — both called for calm, as INEC prepared to address logistical issues that hampered their preparations.

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