Counting starts in Nigeria's delayed poll, after explosions

Counting starts in Nigeria's delayed poll, after explosions

Counting starts in Nigeria's delayed poll, after explosions

Buhari scored 523 votes while the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar got only 3 votes.

Nigerians have today voted for a new president after a week-long postponement that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence.

Buhari is in a tight race with a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. Atiku, a former vice president, has pledged to expand the role of the private sector.

Senior Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official Festus Okoye said the commission had extended hours in polling stations that had experienced delays. These included malfunctioning of voter card machines which would be replaced.

People queue to cast votes during Nigeria's presidential election at a polling station in Kazaure, Jigawa State, Nigeria, February 23, 2019.

Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari gestures as he arrives to cast a vote in Nigeria's presidential election at a polling station in Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria.

"I am impressed by the turnout of the people", he told reporters shortly after voting.

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He said: "I understand that they didn't start by 8 but I don't know why". Ibrahim Mustapha, one Yola voter, was annoyed.

That angered voters who had already travelled to their home towns and villages to participate, and saw the main parties accuse the other of conspiring with INEC to rig the result.

"If you look at the ballot boxes, you can see that there is a tag indicating which one is for presidential, senatorial and house of representatives".

Also, a number of deaths were reported following the outbreak of violence in some states, especially Rivers State, where a soldier was said to have been killed during a clash between troops and hoodlums in the Abonema area of the state.

A statement by Borno state police says Boko Haram extremists "attempted to infiltrate" the state capital by launching artillery fire, likely to disrupt the elections. Voting had yet to start in other parts of Delta and Anambra states. "We do not want any hanky panky", he said. "I need my salary to increase". This was disclosed in a series of tweets by Ahmad Salkida on Tuesday, a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram leadership.

Gunfire also was heard in Port Harcourt in Nigeria's restive south, where the military presence was heavier than in past elections.

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