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As it happened: Elections Day 1

2015-03-28 15:06

Get the latest details as the country goes to vote in crucial elections to choose the next president. The elections have been described by analysts as the tightest in Nigeria's history.


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It is alleged that thugs belonging to the All Progressives Congress, hijacked election material during the accreditation's in Yenagoa.

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Tough day for anyone who works at INEC...

With the elections underway, suspects who have been labelled as political thugs have kidnapped 8 Independent National Electoral Commission officials in Enugu.

28 Mar 19:27
The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has commenced investigations int the failed bomb explosion at a polling station.

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Party officials from both the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party are wooing voters with cash in order to convince them to vote for their parties.

28 Mar 16:57
According to INEC, voting will be continued tomorrow in some areas due to problems experienced with card readers today.

28 Mar 16:12
Boko Haram has attacked a village in the north-east, a resident says, as millions of voters line up across the country to elect a president and parliament.

28 Mar 15:31
INEC has listed things you must not do 300 meters close to the polling booth on election day. News24's video team gives you all the details.

28 Mar 15:29
As the country prepares to cast their votes in the elections, the US has sent a battalion of Marines in anticipation of post-election violence.

28 Mar 15:23
A Pro-Muslim human rights organisation has demanded the immediate release of opposition leaders and supporters of the main opposition.

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Observers, from the European Union and United Nations to the African Union and United States, were in place - a sign of international interest but also to ensure a free, fair and transparent contest.

Results from both the presidential and parliamentary vote being held at the same time are expected within 48 hours of polls closing, according to the electoral commission.


28 Mar 09:27

In Daura, wicker brooms - symbol of Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) - had been hung in the streets; in Utuoke, posters of the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) umbrella and Jonathan.


28 Mar 09:26

From megacity Lagos in the Christian south to cities across the Muslim north, polling stations were due to open at 0700 GMT, with 68.8 million of Nigeria's 173 million people registered to vote.

President Goodluck Jonathan arrived by helicopter in his home town of Utuoke in southern Bayelsa state on Friday night, hoping for a second term of office despite stinging criticism of his record.

His main opponent, the self-styled scourge of government graft Muhammadu Buhari, was in Daura, northern Katsina state, eyeing a democratic return to power after a spell as military ruler in the 1980s.


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The elections will be closely watched at the United Nations and in world capitals, which are increasingly alarmed by the rise of Boko Haram insurgency.

28 Mar 09:19

Nigerians are heading to the polls in one of the closest races in the country's history. President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking a second term in office but faces a strong challenge from the main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler.

The elections were postponed from 14 February to 28 March after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cited security concerns.

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