Peaceful elections urged in Nigeria as vote delayed

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Nigerian refugees arrive in Chad, after fleeing terrorist violence
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The UN Secretary-General has called for peaceful elections in Nigeria after the authorities in the West African country announced they would be delayed until March.

Nigeria's Electoral Commission reportedly said it delayed the vote because troops that were to oversee polling stations were need to fight the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

Nigeria has been battling Boko Haram in the north of the country for a number of years. Thousands of people have died at the hands of the terrorist group.

Troops will now continue to hunt down Boko Haram fighters rather than protecting voters during the presidential election which was due to take place on February 14.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it was imperative to hold a credible, free and transparent election. 

Earlier this month, Mr Ban spoke to President Goodluck Jonathan and opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari and urged them to respect the Abuja Accord.

The accord includes a commitment to non-violence, peace and tolerance during the election. 

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations 

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