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Nigeria to press ahead with elections

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Nigeria's influential Council of State has decided to press ahead with presidential elections on February 14, rejecting calls for a postponement.

The council includes the main presidential candidates, ex-leaders, state governors and election officials.

Nigeria's national security adviser had called for a delay to allow more time for voter card distribution.

The country is also facing mounting attacks from the Boko Haram militant group.

However, Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha said election officials had insisted they are ready.

President Goodluck Jonathan is facing a strong challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in the vote, expected to be the most tightly contested since military rule ended in 1999.

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