Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pleased and hopeful

Those seem to be the initial words used in reporting on the Nigerian election. Early reports of results indicate that the PDP's dominance may be weakening.

Inec Expresses Delight Over Large Turnout of Voters
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Plateau and Nasarawa States, Dr Abdulkadir Oniyangi, has expressed delight over the massive turnout of voters for Saturday's National Assembly polls.

Oniyangi who spoke to newsmen after monitoring the election in Lokoja, Okene, Ogaminana, Adavi, Itakpe and Osara on Saturday, was particularly happy over the peaceful and orderly conduct of voters at all the polling centres visited…

Enthusiastic Voters Hope for Fair Outcome
Jos, Nigeria — In this central Nigerian city with a history of inter-communal strife, the delayed kick-off of Nigeria's three-week long elections process was greeted by long lines of determined, hopeful voters. Despite logistical confusion at some polling sites throughout the day - and reportedly across the country - counting that appeared transparent, if often hectic, was underway at multiple vote "collation centers"…

[T]he mood at polling stations was jubilant. Voters, a couple of whom flashed thumbs-up signs at Nigerian and international journalists, endured scorching sun throughout a near day-long voting process…

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