ABUJA, Nigeria – The chairman of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission is asking for an extra week to finish registering voters ahead of the country's April elections.
Attahiru Jega told senators Wednesday that the extra week would be enough to "register every registerable Nigerian." The country has an estimated 70 million eligible voters.
The current two-week voter registration is taking place at about 120,000 locations across Africa's most populous nation. It is scheduled to end Saturday afternoon.
Nigeria's House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to amend the country's electoral law to allow more time for registration. That bill still must be passed by the Senate and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan to become law.