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Apr 8, 2011

Explosion at Nigeria election office before polls

LAGOS, April 8 (Reuters) – An explosion rocked the local
offices of Nigeria’s electoral commission in the central town of
Suleja on Friday, hours ahead of parliamentary polls, in what
one emergency official said appeared to have been a bomb blast.

Security sources said up to eight people may have been
killed and a dozen injured in the explosion in Suleja, on the
northwestern edge of the capital Abuja, but neither the election
commission nor the emergency services could confirm this.

Apr 7, 2011

Arrests threaten credible vote in Nigerian state

LAGOS, April 7 (Reuters) – Nigerian authorities have
arrested scores of opposition members in the southeastern state
of Akwa Ibom in a campaign of intimidation ahead of elections,
opposition lawyers and rights activists said on Thursday.

More than 40 supporters of the Action Congress of Nigeria
(ACN), including governorship candidate James Akpanudoedehe,
have been arrested following rioting last month between rival
party activists, Akpanudoedehe’s lawyer Frank Ekanem said.

Apr 4, 2011

Analysis – Nigeria struggles to salvage credible polls

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria faces an uphill struggle to salvage credible elections from administrative chaos after aborting its first round of polling this weekend, but the move at least shows some determination to try to get things right.

Africa’s most populous nation had to abandon parliamentary polls on Saturday after voting materials failed to arrive in many parts of the country, sparking fury among voters who were promised a break with a history of flawed and violent polls.

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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