Home > News > World
Saturday January 25, 2014 MYT 5:25:01 AM
Saturday January 25, 2014 MYT 5:26:17 AM
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's electoral commission declared on Friday that presidential and parliamentary elections would take place on February 14 next year.
The elections are expected to be the most closely fought since the end of military rule in 1999.
President Goodluck Jonathan's supporters are embroiled in a bitter dispute with other members of the ruling party over whether or not he should seek another term in office.
The election of powerful state governors will also take place on February 28 next year, the statement from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) said, except in the states of Ekiti and Osun, which would take place on June 31 and August 9, respectively.
Politics has become increasingly heated in Africa's top oil exporter since four opposition parties merged last February. Five state governors and dozens of lawmakers defected from the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) late last year.
The opposition coalition is stronger than any previous one, although analysts say it represents diverse interests that could easily fall apart as polling day approaches.
Political wrangling has delayed crucial legislation, including the 2014 fiscal budget, and looks likely to ignite violence similar to that which has marred previous elections.
(Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)
Turkish raids on firms close to cleric raise fears of pre-election crackdown
Beirut protesters occupy ministry and call anti-government rally
Thailand arrests second 'important' suspect in Bangkok blast probe
South Africa's government pledges transparency on nuclear agreement
Migrant chaos at Budapest train station; Germany says EU rules still hold
Five unusual ways to build endurance for a marathon
Tasting the finer things in life
Scotland-South African Strauss is Scottish surprise
Key Apple music exec steps down
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)