Nigerians Await Presidential Election Results

Nigerian elections are monitored by the national assembly. (Photo: Google Images)

Nigerian elections are monitored by the national assembly.
(Photo: Google Images)

BBC Africa is reporting that Nigeria’s election body expects to announce the first results of Saturday’s hotly contested presidential poll on Tuesday. The author reports:

“Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is facing a strong challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

The US and UK in a joint statement expressed concern over possible ‘political interference’ in the count.

Voting over the weekend was marred by technical hitches, protests and violence linked to Boko Haram.

‘So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process,’ the statement from UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

‘But there are disturbing indications that the collation process, where the votes are finally counted, may be subject to deliberate political interference.'”

Voting was extended for an additional day due to problems with the new electronic card readers, which was introduced to prevent fraud.

Read more at BBC Africa.

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