Nigeria election: Early results show close race Early results from Nigeria’s election show little separating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, and ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

With eight states and the capital Abuja
declared, President Jonathan’s People’s
Democratic Party (PDP) has a lead of about
20,000 votes.
Final results in the closely contested poll are
due Tuesday.
The US and UK in a joint statement
expressed concern over possible “political
interference” in the count.
“So far, we have seen no evidence of
systemic manipulation of the process,” said
the statement from UK Foreign Secretary
Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State
John Kerry.
“But there are disturbing indications that
the collation process, where the votes are
finally counted, may be subject to deliberate
political interference.”
Nigeria’s election commission (Inec)
dismissed these fears, with a spokesman
telling the AFP agency “there is absolutely no
basis” to talk of meddling.
Female opposition supporters in Rivers
State protested against alleged
irregularities in the vote
The security forces used tear gas during
the demonstration
Of the nine regions announced, the PDP has
taken four, with 2,322,734 votes, and Gen
Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC)
taking five, with 2,302,978 votes.
Police in the battleground Rivers State have
used teargas against female opposition
protesters who were attempting to lodge
complaints with election officials of alleged
rigging.
Voting spilled into Sunday in some parts of
Nigeria after problems were encountered
with new electronic card readers.
President Jonathan was among those
whose registration to vote was delayed by
the technology, which was introduced to
prevent fraud.
The PDP, which had opposed the card
readers, called it a “huge national
embarrassment”.
Election commission chief Attahiru Jega said
only a fraction of the 150,000 card readers
being used nationwide had failed.

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