Nigeria election results due to start trickling in




 
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March 30th, 2015  
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Topic: Nigeria election results due to start trickling in


By Tim Cocks ABUJA (Reuters) - Results from Nigeria's elections, potentially the closest contest since the end of military rule in 1999, were due to start trickling in on Monday after a weekend vote marred by confusion, arguments and sporadic violence. The election pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favor of an electorate divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some cases religious lines in Africa's most populous nation. The INEC election commission said the first results collated from 120,000 polling stations nationwide should be available on Sunday evening although this failed to materialize. The tension in Rivers state raises the prospect of a disputed national outcome and a repeat of the violence that erupted after the last election in 2011, when 800 people were killed and 65,000 displaced in the mainly Muslim north.




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