Nigeria's presidential and parliamentary elections have been postponed by a week, five hours before the vote was scheduled to take place on Saturday. The announcement was made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairperson Mahmood Yakubu following an emergency meeting at the INEC headquarters, in Abuja on Saturday. Citing logistical issues, Yakubu said that «proceeding with... Еще the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible.» According to the INEC chairperson, the country's presidential and National Assembly elections have been moved to February 23. Governorship, State Assembly and Federal Area Council elections, earlier slated for March 2, will now be held on March 9. Yakubu said that it was «a difficult decision»; however noting that it was necessary to ensure a free and fair vote.