Nigerian Ruling Party Set-Backs in Early Polls


Despite logistical confusion at some polling sites and bombings and violence in at least three states, Nigerians turned out in large numbers to vote for National Assembly representatives and senators, and there were reports of upsets in a number of areas.

Nigerians lined up for National Assembly elections in Jos.

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  • Nigeria:  Inec Expresses Delight Over Large Turnout of Voters

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  • Nigeria:  Bombers Target Elections in Two States

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    No fewer than 21 people mostly National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were leared killed yesterday in two ... read more »

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