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The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23

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Muslims make traditional Friday prayers at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's election (all times local):

2:50 a.m.

Nigeria's electoral commission says the presidential election is delayed until Feb. 23 over unspecified "challenges" amid reports that voting materials have not been delivered to all parts of the country.

Commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu spoke to reporters a little over five hours before polls were supposed to open in Africa's most populous country and largest democracy.

The commission promised more details at a 2 p.m. briefing in the capital, Abuja.

Yakubu said that "this was a difficult decision to take but necessary for successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy."

In 2015, Nigeria delayed the election by six weeks over insecurity.

A young boy scavenges for re-sellable items from garbage on the streets, as he walks past a sign showing incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, left, and local party official Mustapha Dankadai, right, in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A Nigerian woman attends Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 2019.  Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters:
Young Muslim boys wait for traditional Friday prayers to begin at a mosque near to the Emir's palace a day prior to the start of the elections, in Kano, northern Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
An electoral worker takes stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.  Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters:
A Nigerian woman attending Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 2019.  Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters:
People cross the roads near the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria's main opposition party charged Thursday that the election commission has kept more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register, raising fears of possible vote rigging ahead of upcoming Saturday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
An electoral worker take stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.  Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters:
A Nigerian woman attending Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 2019.  Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters:
A Nigerian woman attending Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters: "Oh my God! Let them go! Let them go!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
An electoral worker take stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.  Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters:
An electoral worker take stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters: "Oh my God! Let them go! Let them go!" (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A young boy scavenges for re-sellable items from garbage on the streets, as he walks past a sign showing incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, left, and local party official Mustapha Dankadai, right, in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A young boy scavenges for re-sellable items from garbage on the streets, as he walks past a sign showing incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, left, and local party official Mustapha Dankadai, right, in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
People cross the roads near the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria's main opposition party charged Thursday that the election commission has kept more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register, raising fears of possible vote rigging ahead of upcoming Saturday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
People cross the roads near the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria's main opposition party charged Thursday that the election commission has kept more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register, raising fears of possible vote rigging ahead of upcoming Saturday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
An electoral worker takes stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.  Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters:
An electoral worker takes stock of ballot papers to be transporters at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yola, Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters: "Oh my God! Let them go! Let them go!" (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A Nigerian woman attends Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 2019.  Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters:
A Nigerian woman attends Friday prayers at the central mosque is security checked a day prior to the election, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria surged into the final day of campaigning ahead of Saturday's election, as President Muhammadu Buhari made one last pitch to stay in office while top challenger Atiku Abubakar shouted to supporters: "Oh my God! Let them go! Let them go!" (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Young Muslim boys wait for traditional Friday prayers to begin at a mosque near to the Emir's palace a day prior to the start of the elections, in Kano, northern Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Young Muslim boys wait for traditional Friday prayers to begin at a mosque near to the Emir's palace a day prior to the start of the elections, in Kano, northern Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Nigeria is due to hold general elections on Saturday, pitting incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against leading opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)