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Apr 3, 2011

Nigeria races to get aborted elections back on track

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerian election officials raced to get aborted polls back on track on Sunday after the absence of voter materials in large parts of Africa’s most populous nation forced parliamentary elections to be delayed.

The postponement by 48 hours of Saturday’s polls, hours after voting began in some areas, was a major embarrassment for election commissioner Attahiru Jega, who had promised a break with Nigeria’s history of chaotic and flawed elections.

Apr 2, 2011

Early glitches as Nigerians head to polls

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerians headed to polling stations on Saturday for parliamentary elections, the first in a series of ballots that will test whether Africa’s most populous nation can break with a history of vote fraud and violence.

The electoral commission has put in place tougher measures to prevent cheating and intimidation, which raised such doubts over the last elections in 2007 that foreign observers said they may not have reflected the will of the people.

Apr 2, 2011

Nigerians head to polls for election test

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigerians headed to polling stations on Saturday for parliamentary elections, the first in a series of ballots that will test whether Africa’s most populous nation can break with a history of vote fraud and violence.

Ballot stuffing, intimidation and thuggery were so widespread in the last nationwide elections in 2007 that foreign observers questioned whether they reflected the will of the people, saying they fell far below international standards.

Apr 2, 2011

Nigerians head to polls for election test

LAGOS, April 2 (Reuters) – Nigerians headed to polling
stations on Saturday for parliamentary elections, the first in a
series of ballots that will test whether Africa’s most populous
nation can break with a history of vote fraud and violence.

Ballot stuffing, intimidation and thuggery were so
widespread in the last nationwide elections in 2007 that foreign
observers questioned whether they reflected the will of the
people, saying they fell far below international standards.

Apr 1, 2011

Nigerian balloting will test election security

LAGOS, April 2 (Reuters) – Nigeria begins three successive
weekends of nationwide elections with parliamentary polls on
Saturday, a test of whether Africa’s most populous country can
break with a history of vote fraud and violence.

Ballot stuffing, intimidation of voters and thuggery were so
widespread in the last elections in 2007 that foreign observers
questioned whether they reflected the will of the people, saying
they fell far below international standards.

Apr 1, 2011

Nigeria parliament hopefuls eye million dollar booty

LAGOS, April 1 (Reuters) – Nigerian voters may not be that
enthusiastic about Saturday’s parliamentary elections but the
candidates certainly are — winners will get a pay package whose
allowances alone top $1 million a year.

Ask many people in Africa’s most populous country who their
local candidates are in the House of Representatives and Senate
elections and the response is a blank stare. What has parliament
ever done for them, is a common response.

Apr 1, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Nigeria

LAGOS, April 1 (Reuters) – Elections in April could hand
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan a stronger mandate for
reform but, even if he wins, the make-up of the new government
and parliament will be key to his ability to effect change.

Jonathan is the front-runner in the April 9 presidential
vote but the ruling party will face a tougher battle maintaining
its strong majority in parliamentary elections on April 2 and
its regional dominance in state governorship polls on April 16.
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Mar 31, 2011

Nigeria hopes elections will mark break from past

LAGOS, March 31 (Reuters) – Nigeria embarks on general
elections on Saturday which could reshape its political
landscape, weakening the decade-long dominance of its ruling
party and breaking a history of rigged and violent polls.

Africa’s most populous nation votes over three successive
Saturdays for a new parliament, president and state governors
respectively, all of them set to be fiercely contested races.

Mar 31, 2011

Analysis – Credible vote key to Nigeria’s diplomatic standing

LAGOS (Reuters) – From lobbying for intervention in crisis-torn Ivory Coast to strong backing for Western-led air strikes in Libya, Nigeria has been busy burnishing its credentials on the diplomatic stage in recent months.

The African giant, home to more people than Russia, won an unprecedented third term as chairman of West African regional bloc ECOWAS last week and sees itself as a prime contender for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Mar 28, 2011

Nigeria market reformers need support beyond elections

LAGOS, March 28 (Reuters) – Walk into some government
buildings in Nigeria and it isn’t hard to understand why the
pace of economic reform is slow.

Bored-looking bureaucrats sit on chairs that look many
decades old. Calendars on the walls are years out of date and
some officials can’t remember the last time their phones worked.
Nobody blinks when the power fails.

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