Polling heavy yesterday


Voting was said to be heavy in the legislative elections which took place yesterday (Saturday 9th April).

Around 73.5 million Nigerians were entitled to vote, although polling was delayed until 26th April in 15 senatorial and 48 federal constituencies because of shortages of ballot papers and other materials which had not been resolved from the delays last week.

Elsewhere voting was said to have been peaceful, although there was a bomb blast in one area.

In a new departure from previous elections, ordinary Nigerians were taking matters into their own hands and using social media to deter fraud on the day. Many people were posting pictures of activities in polling booths whilst others were using mobile phones to communicate messages and reports.

A number of NGOs had organised networks to give minute by minute details of activities taking place and Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Blackberry messenger were all utilised in a bid to stop false reporting of election results in each polling booth. Even the Independent National Electoral Commission was reported as using Twitter to receive reports.

Such was the intensity of the interest in the election that many websites were down today because of the volume of people trying to access the sites.

Click on ‘Nigeria‘ to go into the Nigeria page and then look at the News section to see the election story as it unfolded.

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