Nigeria’s electoral fee declares some early outcomes


Nigeria has introduced some early outcomes from nationwide elections on Sunday, although a victor within the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari is just not 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.

Nearly 90 million individuals 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 first outcomes, from Ekiki state, confirmed a majority of votes for president solid in favour of Bola Tinubu of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

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

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

Voting needed to be prolonged into Sunday in a number of components of the nation after glitches on Saturday, however counting has been underneath manner 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.

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

“It will be a disservice to Nigerians and a negation to democracy for anyone to subvert the will of the people as freely expressed in their votes of yesterday,” he mentioned in a press release.

When he was defeated by Buhari within the 2019 election, Abubakar claimed intensive fraud. The Supreme Court finally tossed out his problem.

Labour Party 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 mentioned it was “deeply concerned with the delay” in outcomes.

But INEC mentioned issues with importing outcomes on its IReV knowledge web page have been as a consequence of “technical hitches” and there was no threat of tampering.

“The commission wishes to assure Nigerians that the challenges are not due to any intrusion or sabotage of our systems,” it mentioned in a press release.

“It is important to avoid statements and actions that can heat up the polity at this time.”

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom, reporting from Abuja, mentioned that the delays in importing preliminary outcomes by the electoral fee precipitated “a lot of consternation” amongst political events, candidates and voters.

Based on their assertion, the “electoral commission is concerned,” Jamjoom mentioned.

“They need to reassure residents that there is no such thing as a malfeasance at play right here, that that is solely a technical glitch. But I’ll let you know, the longer individuals are ready right here, the extra we’re listening to from individuals in Abuja that they’re nervous about what all this implies and the way the delay might influence issues going ahead within the nation.

“People are tense, they want to get those results, they want to know who the next leader of this country is going to be at such a crucial time.”

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

To win the presidency, a candidate should get essentially the most votes but in addition win no less than 25 p.c of votes solid 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.