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Nigerians go to polls amid safety concerns

2015-03-27 09:46
Former vice-president and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar (L) casts his vote during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos. ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - Following a lengthy six-week delay, Nigerians will go to the polls on Saturday with both citizens and the international community bracing for possible electoral violence.

Fear has gripped citizens in recent times, with many looking back to riots that broke out in 2011 following Goodluck Jonathan's victory over Muhammadu Buhari.

The upcoming elections mark a rematch of sorts, with Jonathan seeking re-election amidst a strong opposition from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Both presidential candidates have pledged their commitment to a peaceful election - statements which many Nigerians feel bear little to no weight.

According to a recent poll published on News24 Nigeria, 88 percent of respondents have expressed concern over their safety in the coming days, with 6 percent saying that they try not to think of such matters.

When asked whether or not people fear for their safety during and after the elections, responses on the News24 Facebook page showed much of the same, with one respondent claiming that they would not vote due to fear of violence.

Despite the distrust, however, a January 2015 poll conducted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems found that 79 percent of citizens are very, or somewhat, likely to vote in the election this Saturday.

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