2015 NIGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS SO FAR
2015 Nigerian Presidential Election Results So Far
March 30th 2015
Counting of the ballot papers has commenced in different states across the country and was still continuing into the late hours of Saturday, even as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended voting until Sunday, March 29, in states where card readers failed.
The Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is facing a strong challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.
Nigeria's election body says it expects to announce the first results of Saturday's keenly contested presidential poll on Tuesday.
The UN has praised the poll despite technical hitches, protests and violence linked to Boko Haram.
Voting spilled into a second day in some parts of Nigeria after problems with new electronic card readers.
President Jonathan was among those unable to cast his vote using the technology, which was introduced to prevent fraud.
His Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which had opposed the card readers, called it a "huge national embarrassment".
The Inec chair, Attahiru Jega, stressed that only a fraction of the 150,000 card readers being used nationwide had failed.
The vote had been delayed by six weeks because of the insurgency by Boko Haram militants
UPDATE: Attahiru Jega, the INEC chairman, took part in a press conference in the evening of March 29, 2015, Sunday.
The key quotes from the event regarding the announcement of the results are given below:
“We will use the same collation method we used in 2011 for this election.”
“We will not commence collation unless stakeholders are informed. The media will be there when we start collation.”
“We don’t know if we will do collation tonight or tomorrow. When they come we will take them in batches.”
“As I speak, very very few results have been collated. The info we have is that only 2 states have finished collation.”
“We are not under any pressure to declare elections inconclusive.”
“We will release results as soon as they are processed, within 48 hours, as promised, countdown started on Saturday’s eve.”
“It is only the INEC that can make the final declaration of the winners of the election.”
Please Visit Naij.com (see link below) For live updates and results from different local government areas across the country so far.
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