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Opposition candidate leads Nigerian election results

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 01:05

Nigerian opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari continues to lead as a majority of the country's votes are counted. Julie Noce reports.

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Election officials in the Nigerian city Lagos continue counting votes in the country's presidential elections with opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari still in the lead. The 72-year-old former general has about 2.5 million more votes than incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. In Kaduna, where Buhari lost to Jonathan in 2011, election officials read the tallies for Buhari's APC party. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INEC OFFICIAL, ISMAEL OLAFEKEN, SAYING: "Total votes received by APC, one million, one hundred and twenty seven thousand, seven (hundred) and sixty." Votes for Jonathan's PDP party... (SOUNDBITE) (English) INEC OFFICIAL, ISMAEL OLAFEKEN, SAYING: "....four hundred and eighty four thousand and eighty five." The election has been marred by violence. Boko Haram Islamist militants killed at least 15 people in attacks launched on polling day. Although the weekend vote was less chaotic than previous elections, international officials say the vote counting process may be subject to political interference. An announcement of the updated results is expected later Tuesday.

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Opposition candidate leads Nigerian election results

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 01:05