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Count underway in Nigeria poll

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:10

Counting starts at some polling stations in Nigeria's presidential election while voting goes on at others because of glitches. Paul Chapman reports.

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In some parts of Nigeria the presidential election poll count started on Saturday. In other areas polling went on into Sunday as officials turned up late and high-tech equipment to prevent vote-rigging failed to work. It's a close-run battle between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Despite violence in some areas and fears of more, voters at his count in Lagos appeared optimistic. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ADEJUWON ADENIJI, LAGOS RESIDENT, SAYING: "I can feel that the citizens are very excited, they involved compared with last time." In the capital, Abuja, too there was a sense that voting had been relatively trouble-free. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BAYERNO ALANENE, CIVIL SERVANT, SAYING: "It's very calm, very orderly, it's been peaceful and we expect that the outcome of the result, yes, of the voting, will be truly reflective of the people's heart desires." This is seen as Nigeria's first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999 where an opposition candidate has a real chance of winning.

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Count underway in Nigeria poll

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:10