Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission is set to hold credible elections starting March 28 after delaying the ballots by six weeks, its Chairman Attahiru Jega said. “We believe we have done everything humanly possible to be able to conduct elections that are free, fair, credible and peaceful,” Jega told reporters on Monday in the capital, Abuja. “We are adequately prepared.” Out of 68.8 million people on the electoral register, 56 million, or 81 percent, have collected voter cards, from 67.8 million printed for national distribution, he said.
Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous country of more than 170 million people, last month postponed presidential and state elections after President Goodluck Jonathan’s security adviser said the army couldn’t guarantee a safe vote. Security forces needed six weeks to pacify Boko Haram militants and make the country safer for the ballot, Jega said at the time.