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#NigeriaDecides: Statement by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room on commencement of 2015 national elections

Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room welcomes the commencement of Nigeria’s Presidential and National Assembly elections 2015, after a six-week postponement. It is of vital importance that all stages of the elections be conducted in a manner that will not only confer legitimacy on the elections but also generate confidence in…

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Gun-wielding thugs snatch ballot boxes in Ebonyi

Gun-wielding thugs stormed some polling booths at Nwakpu market square in Onunwakpu Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and carted away electoral materials. The Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate, Kelechi Igwe, is from the ward. A reporter who monitor​ed​​​ the election​,​ witnessed the incident. The hoodlums​,​ wielding AK 47…

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I’m hopeful of victory – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed confidence he will win today's presidential election. Mr. Jonathan is seeking re-election as the Presidential Candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. Addressing journalists after voting at unit 13, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, about 3.15 p.m, Mr. Jonathan said, "I am hopeful, very hopeful" when asked…

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Nigeria Elections: Lawmaker, policeman, 7 others killed

A member of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Umar Aminu, and eight others were killed when suspected members of the Boko Haram attacked Gombe on Saturday morning. The insurgents who attacked Dukku and Nafada local government areas of the state were said to have killed the lawmaker, a member…

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Military restricts Rivers governor, Amaechi

The Nigerian military has restricted the Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, from moving around different polling units in the state. Mr. Amaechi, who drove himself in a black 4WD, was stopped by the Essien Essien, the Brigade Commander of the second Brigade, Bori Camp in Port Harcourt, the state capital.…

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Card ​R​eader ​rejects Governor Ngilari

A mild drama ensued at one of the designated voting centres for Internally Displaced Persons​ at Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola, as the card reader failed to capture the biometrics of the State Governor, Bala Ngilari. Speaking to journalists shortly after the card reader machine failed to get…

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Ballot box snatched in Rivers

In Rivers State, election observers say a ballot box has been snatched. The ballot box was snatched at Ward 7 Unit 7 in Bugama. It was forcefully taken away by unidentified persons. Rivers State had been identified by many civil society organisations as a flashpoint for violence. The pre-election period…

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Ballot box snatched in Rivers

In Rivers State, election observers say a ballot box has been snatched. The ballot box was snatched at Ward 7 Unit 7 in Bugama. It was forcefully taken away by unidentified persons. Rivers State had been identified by many civil society organisations as a flashpoint for violence. The pre-election period…

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APC seeks more time for accreditation, voting

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked INEC to extend the time for accreditation and voting to make up for the delay being experienced across the country by the use of card readers. In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party…

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Large turnout of female voters recorded in Abuja

A large turnout of women was recorded in the Dobi ward of Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja similar to reports from Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi, Gombe and Kaduna states, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Correspondents monitoring the elections in the Gwagwalada Area Council observed more women than men voters at…

Vice President Namadi Sambo

After accreditation, VP Sambo commends voter turnout

Vice-President Namadi Sambo and his wife, Amina on Saturday successfully performed their accreditation using the card reader at their “original” polling unit at Police College, Swimming Pool Street, Kabala ward, Kaduna. Mr. Sambo and his wife, who arrived the venue of the exercise around 11.21 a. m., were accredited in…

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Mimiko concerned over card readers

The Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has expressed concern over the failure of the card readers to captures biometrics of intending voters. Mr. Mimiko, arriving the polling unit 7 of ward 20 Ondo West Local Government Area in the state at 10. 20 a.m. with his son and wife, queued…

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Nigeria Elections: Passengers stranded at Lagos airport

Over 200 passenger were stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on Saturday morning as movement was restricted for the elections, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. A passenger, Esther Duke, who arrived from London in the early hours of Saturday, said that she was aware of the election.…

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Jakande urges Nigerians to accept winner of presidential poll as God’s choice

A former Lagos State Governor, Lateef Jakande, on Saturday urged Nigerians to accept the winner of the presidential election as God's choice for the country. Mr. Jakande told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos after he was accredited for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Ilupeju, Lagos that…

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Tinubu calls for extension of voting time

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the voting time in Lagos in order not to disenfranchise people. Mr. Tinubu stated this while addressing journalists minutes after he cast his vote at Alausa, Ikeja. "I'm calling on…

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Tears as people displaced by Boko Haram reunite, vote in special centres

Some persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, Saturday, shed tears of joy as they were reunited with their family members and relations during accreditation at a special polling centre in Yola, Adamawa State. The internally displaced persons, IDPs, wept as they reunited with their relations whom some of them…

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Card readers not functioning in part​s​ of Plateau

The card readers provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission are not functioning in most parts of Plateau States. The Deputy Chairman of Barkinladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Zaka Gyang, who said he has monitored the election in five polling units​,​ told PREMIUM TIMES that "most people might…

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Soldiers block INEC officials in Oshiomhole’s hometown

Accredited officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission were on Saturday blocked by some soldiers from conducting their lawful duties in parts of Edo North, the Guardian newspaper is reporting. The INEC officials were taking election materials to Ward 10, Unit 1 in Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area when…

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Nigerians worried over card readers

Many Nigerians at various polling units are worried that slow card readers being used for accreditation could lead to disenfranchisement of many. At Ward 8 polling unit 003 in Surulere Local Government Area in Oyo State, with about 500 voters, many are yet to be accredited as a result of…

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High voter turnout in Abia

The presidential and National Assembly elections in Abia took off on an impressive note with a large turnout of voters at the polling centres. The News Agency Nigeria correspondents who monitored the exercise, report that accreditation started about one hour behind schedule, owing to the late arrival of electoral officials…

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Minister expresses disappointment with card readers

The Information Minister, Patricia Akwashiki, has expressed disappointment over the delay in authenticating the Permanent Voter Cards by INEC card readers in many polling units in Nasarawa State at the commencement of the 2015 general elections. She made the remarks at her polling unit in Kagbu, Nasarawa Eggon Local Government…

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Voters accreditation peaceful in Ogun

The accreditation of voters was peaceful across various polling units in Ogun State,with thousands of voters showing eagerness to participate in the exercise. At polling units visited by our correspondent,accreditation was seen going on peacefully and was on as at 1:00 p.m. at most centres. The voters lists were pasted,…

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#NigeriaDecides: Nigeria 2015 Presidential, National Assembly Elections – LIVE UPDATES (Voting)

This Live Updates, our second for the day, is dedicated to the coverage of voting in the ongoing presidential and National Assembly elections. The earlier was dedicated to accreditation. Join Cast and Share We believe election results announced at polling units are authentic and documenting them could help put officials…

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#NigeriaDecides: Protective film on card reader lens hampering biometric reading

It appears that the protective film on the lenses of the card readers might have been hampering the reading of biometrics. PREMIUM TIMES has got at least two reports of the protective film of the lenses not being removed. Once removed, the card readers performed optimally. One citizen monitor sent…

Osun Election: Voters on queue for accreditation

High voter turnout in Sokoto, Katsina, others

Most polling stations across Sokoto State opened for accreditation at 8 a.m. ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. When correspondents visited the stations in parts of Sokoto North, Sokoto South, Wamakko, Tambuwal, Isa and Sabo Birni Local Government Areas, voters queued for…