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Nigerian elections extended

Issue No. 2447

The votes in Nigeria’s presidential election were still being counted as Socialist Worker went to press.

President Goodluck Jonathan has presided over deepening inequality and corruption. 

His challenger is ex-military ruler from the poorer north of the country, Muhammadu Buhari. 

Buhari has won support for his promises to root out corruption and tackle the Islamist group Boko Haram. But he doesn’t offer an alternative.

The government had postponed the elections for six weeks from February. It claimed that the army was dealing with Boko Haram and could not guarantee security.

The election was extended in some areas into a second day because of problems with electronic voting card readers introduced to combat fraud. 

In one area police attacked women opposition protesters complaining about election officials rigging ballots.

 


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Tue 31 Mar 2015, 15:59 BST
Issue No. 2447
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