Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)It had been a long election campaign, fiercely contested and marked by flashes of violence, but Nigerians were finally looking forward to casting their votes in what is the largest democratic exercise in Africa.
But as they slept, the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections were abruptly postponed
early Saturday, hours before the polls were due to open.
Polls were set to open at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) Saturday. Instead, the vote will take place in another week, on February 23, authorities said, citing logistical issues.