2Face-Idibia-Vote-Not-fightThe February 14 Presidential and legislative elections is postponed for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure northeastern areas under the sway of Boko Haram.

Millions could be disenfranchised if the voting went ahead while the Islamic extremists hold a large swath of the northeast and commit mayhem that has driven 1.5 million people from their homes.

A postponement also will give electoral officials more time to deliver some 30 million voter cards.

The commission had said the non-delivery of cards to nearly half of the 68.8 million registered voters was not a good reason to delay the vote.

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