Nigeria's Buhari checks wife's ballot to see who she voted for

Nigeria's leader says many feared 'the worst' after vote delay
Nigeria election 2019: Who benefits from poll delay?

24 February, 2019

A civilian militia source in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, told AFP "at least 13" blasts were heard throughout the city at about 6:00 am (0500 GMT). Still, voting turnout appeared to be light as authorities tried to calm panicked residents. One convoy in Delta state contained more than 25 vehicles with battle-ready soldiers.

Speaking to reporters after casting his ballot in his hometown Daura in the northwestern Katsina State, Buhari responded to whether or not he will handover if defeated: "I will congratulate myself, I'm going to be the victor".

Opposition's presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, left, and his wife Titi Abubakar, right, cast their votes during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

In an emergency meeting on Monday, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari was widely criticised for saying that anyone who interfered in elections "will do it at the expense of his own life".

A voter, who pleaded anonymity wondered why every materials for voting was available accept the result sheet adding that it was not acceptable.

Why was this vote postponed?

The vote has been marked by violence in the northeast and south, and in some parts of the country polling stations didn't open for several hours.

In north-central Kaduna, lines were long but impatient while waiting for materials to arrive almost three hours late.

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Traffic restrictions were in place across the country, which also closed its borders. He said polls opened two hours late and machines to read voting cards were not working. "Transport is very hard to get", he said.

"We are on top of the situation and we are confident that as we progress in this particular election, most of the issues that arisen relating to this particular election will be addressed", Okoye said.

He said the number of polling units that opened at 8am and 10am stood at 67.91 per cent, while polling units that opened after 10am stood at 16.96 per cent.

The group and its offshoot, Islamic State in West Africa Province, have carried out deadly sporadic raids in the northeastern Borno state. "I've been redirected many times", said Victor Kanoba a voter in Lagos. "I will congratulate myself".

"Logistics weren't properly managed despite the postponement of the polls", said Idayat Hassan, director of Abuja-based think tank Centre for Democracy and Development, which is also observing the election.

Festus Okoye, the national commissioner for information and voter education at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says a vote will be considered void if the ballot paper is put in the wrong box.

Some of those who turned out, however, dismissed concerns about having to wait. "Everybody is excited to be here".

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