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Goodluck Jonathan casts votes in Nigerian elections

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 01:18

Incumbent Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan casts his votes in tense national election pitting him against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Incumbent Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan casts his votes in tense national election pitting him against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Twelve other minor candidates are also running. Gunmen kill at least 14 people, including a legislative candidate, in attacks in volatile northeast Nigeria as the country holds the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999. Polls were meant to open for accreditation at 120,000 ballot stations at 8 a.m. (0700 GMT), with actual voting starting at 1.30 p.m. and continuing until the last person has voted. With 56.7 million eligible voters, it could drag well into Sunday. Problems emerged as scanners failed to recognise some cards and fingerprints across the country, including that of Jonathan, who waited more than 40 minutes as officials vainly tried to get four different machines to work. Biometric card readers were introduced to prevent the rampant ballot box stuffing and multiple voting of past polls. A credible and peaceful poll would open a new chapter in the history of Africa's most populous nation, biggest economy and top oil producer, whose five decades of independence have been tarnished by graft, military coups and secessionist movements. Registration began on time in some polling stations in the northern cities of Kaduna and Kano, both of which erupted in violence in the 2011 poll, but elsewhere voters had to wait. Many will spend most of their Saturday waiting to vote. The vote is seen as a referendum on the record of Jonathan, a former zoology professor whose time in office has been blighted by massive corruption scandals and an insurgency by Islamist Boko Haram militants in which thousands have died.

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Goodluck Jonathan casts votes in Nigerian elections

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 01:18