Saturday, April 9, 2011

Conclude without serious incidents legislative elections in Nigeria

.- The twice postponed elections in Nigeria ended today without serious incident, after which began the counting of votes, with results expected in the next 48 hours. The vote passed normally in most of Africa's most populous country, with a smaller share than last Saturday, local media said, "but in a manner satisfactory in 80 percent of polling stations, according to the Electoral Commission Independent National (INEC).

Several observer missions, local, international and national leading politicians, endorsed the process, according to former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was "free and fair." For its part, the chairman of the INEC, Attahiru Jega, noted several incidents that occurred on election day, including several arrests for attempted manipulation and an explosion at a polling station in Maiduguri (north), which resulted in several injuries.

The INEC reported last Thursday that Senate elections would not be held this Saturday at 15 of the 109 constituencies, while the lower house votes to be postponed in 48 of the 360 constituencies for the persistence of some complications that led to his postponing the past day 2. The proposed date for votes in these districts is 26 April, when state elections take place, while the presidential election will be held on the 16th.

A total of three thousand 305 candidates ran in the legislative elections, which were called to exercise their right to vote approximately 73.5 million Nigerians. The 3305 candidates are vying for one of the 469 National Assembly seats in the country that wins will occupy four years from next May 29.

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