Abuja, Nigeria – Polls have sealed in Nigeria‘s closely contested presidential and legislative elections that were behind by a week due to logistical problems.
There was a outrageous voter audience in a collateral city, Abuja, with some electorate backing adult 3 hours before a polls opened.
“I wanted to be one of a initial to opinion so we incited adult around 6am to wait for my accreditation,” Raymond Okoli told Al Jazeera.
Some electorate waited during a polling stations hours after voting finished to safeguard their ballots were scrupulously reflected in a outcome sheets by officials of a Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
About 120,000 polling stations non-stop during 07:00 GMT opposite Africa’s many populous republic and heading oil producer, with formula approaching early subsequent week.
More than 84 million electorate purebred to take partial in a ubiquitous elections.
Seventy-three possibilities are using for a presidency, a tip series of presidential hopefuls in a nation of scarcely 200 million people.
Two attacks by suspected fighters in Nigeria’s northeast heralded Saturday’s polls.
Residents of Maiduguri in Borno State woke adult to several explosions.
A matter by Borno state military said Boko Haram “attempted to infiltrate” a state collateral by rising artillery fire, expected to interrupt a elections.
“Some missiles strayed into exposed locations,” it said, though there were no casualties and a fighters retreated.
“Shortly after prayers, we listened like 7 explosions. Nobody knows what is going on. This is unequivocally hapless since it will make some people not go out currently to vote,” Jubril Abdulrahman told Al Jazeera.
The explosions did not seem to deter electorate from casting their ballots in a city that has come underneath steady attacks by Boko Haram.
Security sources, however, contend one infantryman was killed and 4 wounded.
There were also reported attacks in Geidam in Northeast Yobe state that forced some residents to rush their homes and censor in a bush.
Explosions were also reported in a oil-rich Niger Delta area where aroused groups have been fighting for larger control of resources.
A celebration polling representative was shot passed in Southern Rivers state.
A voter was also shot and killed during a polling hire in executive Kogi state.
Voters were chased divided and list papers were broken in some polling stations in a blurb capital, Lagos.
The elections were behind by a week following logistic problems and purported harm by a INEC.
Election materials were not distributed early to some polling centres opposite a nation notwithstanding claims by a electoral elect that all logistics problems had been resolved.
Voting did not embark in some cities hours after a 07:00 GMT opening of polls.
“It looks like a one week check by a INEC did not solve any problem. We waited for hours before a choosing materials were brought. Our votes contingency count notwithstanding a delays,” Idika Godwin told Al Jazeera after voting in Ohafia in Southern Abia State.
“The INEC should be improved orderly than what we gifted today,” he added.
Some electorate took to social media to demonstrate their frustrations, with some alleging harm by electoral elect officials.
The elections on Saturday noted a finish of a sour debate between dual frontrunners: obligatory President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, of a statute All Progressives Congress, and antithesis claimant Atiku Abubakar, 72, and former clamp boss of a People’s Democratic Party.
Both possibilities have voiced hopes of clinching a country’s tip job.
“I demeanour brazen to a successful transition,” Abubakar told reporters after voting in his Adamawa state home.
Buhari, however, pronounced he will be congratulating himself after a elections.