Niger's electoral commission says it is delaying the country's upcoming presidential election by nearly a month.

The commission said Tuesday that the election to restore civilian rule after a military coup earlier this year will now be on January 31, 2011 instead of January 3.

It is the second postponement for Niger's presidential election.

In May a spokesman for the military junta set the election for December 26, but election officials said they needed more time to prepare.

The military junta came into power in February, after ousting unpopular president Mamadou Tandja, who had refused to leave officer when his term expired last year.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.