12 Things You Need To Know About Nigeria’s Postponed Election

Written by Keren Mikva

The upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria were scheduled to be held on February 14, 2015, but were postponed for six weeks just one week before the initial date. The decision to delay an election that was already rife with controversy stirred up supporters and politicians on both sides of the divide.

Current President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is facing the stiffest challenge his party has seen in years in Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the sides have already begun to clash.

The election is of even greater importance as Nigeria continues to face insecurity from Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast, and voters will have to decide which candidates are best suited to handle the insurgency. As Nigeria and international observers work diligently to ensure a free and fair vote, here are 12 things to know about the upcoming election.

Sources: Reuters.com, OsunDefender.org, Economist.com, BBC.com, PremiumTimesNG.com, HuffingtonPost.com, WashingtonPost.com