Nigeria's President and candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan speaks with his running mate and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Kano, Northern Nigeria, on January 21, 2015 . The February 14 vote is expected t ~ AMINU ABUBAKAR
Abuja — Nigerians are turning out en masse to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call.
Good-humored voters smiled when electoral officials arrived late at many polling stations where registration was to start at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by voting from 1:30 p.m.
Nearly 60 million voters are registered for the first election in Nigeria's history where an opposition candidate has a realistic chance of defeating a sitting president.
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President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari are front-runners among 14 candidates seeking to govern the country.
Dozens have been killed in pre-election violence, though leading candidates signed a peace pledge. Some 1 000 people were killed in rioting after Buhari lost to Jonathan in 2011.