Nigeria’s electoral fee proclaims some early outcomes | Elections Information


Nigeria has introduced some early outcomes from nationwide elections on Sunday, although a victor within the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari isn’t anticipated for a number of days.

The vote in Africa’s most populous nation went forward principally peacefully, regardless of some ransacked polling stations and late begins at many others.

Almost 90 million folks have been eligible to vote on Saturday for a successor to Buhari, with many Nigerians hoping a brand new chief will do a greater job tackling insecurity, financial malaise and rising poverty.

Votes in presidential and parliamentary elections are collated in every of Nigeria’s 36 states earlier than the depend is transmitted to the electoral fee’s central tallying centre within the capital Abuja.

The primary outcomes, from Ekiki state, confirmed a majority of votes for president forged in favour of Bola Tinubu of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

Tinubu pulled in additional than 200,000 votes within the state, in opposition to lower than half that complete for Atiku Abubakar of the primary opposition Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) and simply greater than 11,000 for Peter Obi of the Labour Celebration.

The chairman of Nigeria’s electoral fee (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, adjourned the session following the primary outcomes and stated the discharge of tallies would resume at 11am native time (10:00 GMT) on Monday.

Voting needed to be prolonged into Sunday in a couple of components of the nation after glitches on Saturday, however counting has been beneath method since polls closed, with the ultimate tally anticipated inside 5 days.

It was not but clear if all voting within the West African oil-exporting nation had been concluded.

Earlier on Sunday, the PDP’s Abubakar had urged INEC to add the outcomes instantly after accusing some state governors of attempting to compromise the outcomes.

“It is going to be a disservice to Nigerians and a negation to democracy for anybody to subvert the need of the folks as freely expressed of their votes of yesterday,” he stated in a press release.

When he was defeated by Buhari within the 2019 election, Abubakar claimed in depth fraud. The Supreme Court docket ultimately tossed out his problem.

Labour Celebration chairman Julius Abure additionally accused election officers of failing to add outcomes from components of Lagos and southern Delta State to assist the ruling APC’s candidate.

Observers group Yiaga Africa stated it was “deeply involved with the delay” in outcomes.

However INEC stated issues with importing outcomes on its IReV knowledge web page have been resulting from “technical hitches” and there was no threat of tampering.

“The fee needs to guarantee Nigerians that the challenges are usually not resulting from any intrusion or sabotage of our programs,” it stated in a press release.

“It is very important keep away from statements and actions that may warmth up the polity at the moment.”

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom, reporting from Abuja, stated that the delays in importing preliminary outcomes by the electoral fee brought about “lots of consternation” amongst political events, candidates and voters.

Primarily based on their assertion, the “electoral fee is worried,” Jamjoom stated.

“They wish to reassure residents that there isn’t any malfeasance at play right here, that that is solely a technical glitch. However I’ll let you know, the longer persons are ready right here, the extra we’re listening to from folks in Abuja that they’re nervous about what all this implies and the way the delay might affect issues going ahead within the nation.

“Persons are tense, they wish to get these outcomes, they wish to know who the following chief of this nation goes to be at such a vital time.”

The fee has 14 days to formally announce outcomes, however the on-line tally ought to be made obtainable within the subsequent few days.

To win the presidency, a candidate should get essentially the most votes but additionally win not less than 25 % of votes forged in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states.

Some states are must-wins. Lagos has essentially the most registered voters at greater than 7 million, adopted by two states within the nation’s principally Muslim north, Kano and Kaduna states.

The aggressive race has some analysts forecasting an unprecedented runoff between the 2 frontrunners if no candidate meets election necessities. It must be organised inside 21 days.


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