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Nigeria elections: Explosions heard hours before presidential vote

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Multiple bomb blasts rocked the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri just hours before presidential polls opened Saturday. The explosions happened at a camp for internally displaced refugees at around 5 a.m. local time Saturday, Nigerian army spokesman Onyeama Nwachukwu told CNN.


Nigeria counting votes in presidential election dogged by delays

ABUJA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - Nigeria began counting votes in Saturday’s closely-fought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting hours in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned.


Nigeria's Buhari casts ballot as polls open in delayed election

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari cast his ballot in the presidential election on Saturday as polls opened after a week-long delay, television images on Channels TV showed.


Nigeria Poll: Counting Of Ballots Ongoing After Nigeria’s Rescheduled General Elections

Vote counting started in earnest at many of about 120,000 polling units at the close of polling in Nigeria’s rescheduled general elections on Saturday, 23rd February, even as balloting continued in a number centres where the exercise did not start in time due to the late arrival of polling personnel


Nigeria election goes ahead amid violence and tech failures

Nigeria’s long-awaited presidential election has arrived, amid heavy gunfire, voting technology failures and reports of vote buying in some areas. Some voters arrived at polling stations at 3am to ensure their vote was counted in an election expected to be dominated by the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhar


Nigeria holds general election after week-long delay

Votes are being counted after Nigerians headed to the polls Saturday. The process has been relatively peaceful, but delays have frustrated voters – and there’s concern over turnout. CGTN’s Robert Nagila reports from Lagos.


Nigeria rallies disillusioned voters after postponed polls

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigerian politicians and businesses have begun introducing measures to encourage people to vote in this weekend's rescheduled presidential and parliamentary elections.


Why Nigeria’s Elections Won’t Change Anything

Nigeria has come a long way from 1999 when the army handed over power to a democratically elected government, but the bar must rise from simply conducting marginally free and fair elections and having scheduled transitions.


Nigeria’s new president is bound to fail – whoever wins the election

Every few years, a single resolute idea about the best way to solve the problems of Nigeria grips the nation. It begins from someone’s fanciful thoughts but gets shared so much that, before long, nearly everyone begins to parrot it.


A look at Nigeria's top 2 presidential contenders

KANO, Nigeria – Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.


Nigeria elections 2019: Is the country prepared?

Last Saturday, 16 February, elections in Nigeria were halted just hours before polling had been due to get under way. It was a huge inconvenience for millions of Nigerians, many of whom had travelled long distances to vote.


In photos: Nigerians vote in a contentious election

Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday, February 23, to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections. President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, faces more than 70 rivals in a contest that was delayed a week. His main opponent is Atiku Abubakar, 72, a business tycoon and former Nigerian vice president.


Skepticism and suspicion ahead of Nigeria's delayed presidential vote

Abuja, Nigeria — As voters in Nigeria prepare to cast their ballot on Saturday in the rescheduled presidential and legislative elections, concerns about the credibility, or lack of it, of the polls still persist.


Nigeria's president and main rival confident as polls close

ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria began counting votes in Saturday’s closely-fought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned.


What Goodluck Jonathan taught me about postponing elections in Nigeria

I was only 26 when I learnt one of the most important lessons about how power works in my country. After a three month chase, we had finally secured an exclusive interview with the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, on the eve of the 2011 elections. He had previously refused to speak so direct


A mistake on Google is causing people to freak out about Nigeria's currency soaring

Ahead of the election, an error on Google shows the value of the country's currency is more than twice as strong as it really is. Nigeria is going to the polls Saturday to vote in an election that pits President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking a second term in office, against former Vice President


Not your typical door-to-door sales: the family-planning ladies of Nigeria

“Meet people where they are.” It’s a common adage. But workers with MS Ladies take that literally. For women who aren’t comfortable visiting a clinic, or can’t, home visits mean more than simply getting birth control.


The Latest: Nigeria's leader already claiming election win

DAURA, Nigeria – The Latest on Nigeria's election (all times local):. Nigeria's president says he will be congratulating himself at the end of the election after he was among the first Nigerians to cast their ballots.


Nigerians get ready for election day (again)

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigerians are expected to cast their ballots on Saturday, seven days after the country's presidential and parliamentary election were abruptly postponed just hours before polling stations opened.


High stakes in Nigeria's elections for impoverished citizenry — and US interests

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill. Africa’s largest democracy, Nigeria, is scheduled to hold elections today amid uncertainty and tension. Originally set for Feb. 16, voting was postponed hours before it was to begin because of logistical problems and vio