Niger: Presidential Elections extended to Jan 31

By Guyson Nanagayi -The electoral commission in Niger has again postponed presidential polls from next January 3 to 31 of that same month. The election is aimed at restoring civilian rule after this year’s military coup ousted the sitting president Mamadou Tandja. He is under house arrest.

The Junta spokesman Col. Goukoye Abdoulkarim had said in May the election would be held by December 26, but electoral officials said they needed more time to prepare.

The military junta ousted the country’s dictatorial and unpopular president, Tandja, in February after he refused to step down when his mandate expired last year.