Benin has postponed its presidential election by one week to March 6 to allow more time to prepare the voter roll in the small West African nation, a government spokesman said Friday.
"The first round of the presidential election scheduled for February 27, 2011 has been postponed to March 6, 2011," said Candide Azannai. A second round would be held two weeks later if needed.
The commission in charge of putting together an electronic voter roll requested the delay, according to Azannai.
President Boni Yayi will be seeking re-election in the vote, but has faced criticism over an alleged Ponzi scheme that left scores of people in financial ruin.
He faces a challenge from 13 other candidates, including former national assembly head and political veteran Adrien Houngbedji and Abdoulaye Bio Tchane, president of the West African Development Bank.