Nigeria election 2023: First results expected
Nigeria election 2023: First results expected

Nigeria election 2023: First results expected

The first results are expected later from Nigeria's tightest election since the end of military rule in 1999.


However, following widespread delays and some attacks on polling stations on Saturday, voting has been postponed until Sunday in parts of the country.

In other areas, voting continued through the night.

Turnout appears to be high, especially among young people who make up about a third of the 87 million eligible voters.

This makes it the biggest democratic exercise in Africa.

The election has seen an unprecedented challenge to the two-party system that has dominated Nigeria for 24 years.

Peter Obi from the previously little known Labour Party, Bola Tinubu from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are all seen as potential winners. There are 15 other presidential candidates.

Saturday's voting was marred by long delays at polling stations, as well as scattered reports of ballot-box snatching and attacks by armed men, especially in southern areas, where Mr Obi has his support base.

Dr Nkem Okoli was just about to vote in the Lekki district of the biggest city Lagos when masked men attacked the polling station.

"There was pandemonium. There were bottles flying everywhere," she told the BBC. "They broke [the ballot box]. They stole the phones of the officials. Now we can't vote."

In at least five states, voting in some places did not begin until around 18:00 local time - three-and-a-half hours after polls were due to close.

One woman said on Twitter she used her car headlights to light up the process of voting and counting overnight.

Voting was delayed until Sunday in several parts of the southern Bayelsa state.

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