Count­ing starts in Nige­ria’s de­layed poll, after at­tack

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Nige­ria be­gan count­ing votes in a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion Satur­day marked by an ex­trem­ist at­tack, late-open­ing polling sta­tions and a sur­prise loss for top chal­lenger Atiku Abubakar in his own home­town.

The vot­ing took place a week after a painful elec­tion de­lay and fi­nal re­sults are ex­pected Tues­day, though plenty of work re­mained as many vot­ers in Africa’s largest democ­racy still waited in line at sun­down. Ob­servers and se­cu­rity forces gave re­ports of torched bal­lot boxes, sol­diers fir­ing on sus­pected votes­natch­ers and peo­ple sell­ing their votes. Sev­eral peo­ple were killed.

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