June 22, 2018

Buhari takes Early Lead in Nigeria Elections


The ongoing vote count in the Nigerian General Elections indicates an early lead for ex-military ruler General Muhammad Buhari surpassing the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. The vote tallying that has been concluded in over half of Nigeria shows that Gen. Buhari’s All Progressive Congress (APC) is ahead by over two million votes. Reports also indicate that populous states such as Lagos and Rivers are yet to give out their tallying results.
The Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday night suspended the announcing of results after giving the results for 18 states and the capital Abuja. President Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gained 6,488,210 votes and Gen. Buhari’s APC Party garnered 8,520,436 votes.
The candidate with the most votes will only avoid a run-off if they gain at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states.
According to reports, neither side has mentioning the possibility of losing the election. International election observation bodies have come out praising the conduct of the election but there has been concern over claims that there might be rigging during the vote count. In a joint statement, the United Kingdom and United States of America have expressed their concern over possible malpractices in the count. However, INEC officials have disputed rigging claims.
Protests were witnessed on Monday night in the undeclared Rivers states over rigging allegation forcing authorities to impose a curfew. The election witnessed technical failures the majority coming from the use of electronic voting cards that failed in some parts of the country. Goodluck Jonathan was one of those affected as his registration was delayed. Election Commissioner Attahiru Jega said only a fraction of the 150,000 card readers being used nationwide had failed.
The General Elections in Nigeria were delayed by six weeks as a result of the attacks by Boko Haram destabilizing the security of the nation.

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