Voting continues in Nigeria, a day after polls due to close
ABUJA, Nigeria – Voting continued on Sunday in Nigeria, a day after the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections were meant to be completed. People in Benue, Adamawa, and Bayelsa states were still casting their votes, while votes were being tallied in areas where voting had already taken place, with preliminary results expected on Sunday evening, according to election observers. Glory Edewor, who waited in line all night to vote in Delta state, urged people to make whatever sacrifice necessary to elect a credible leader. However, the delays in voting were blamed on logistical issues, and observers also noted the impact of a redesigned currency that has led to a cash shortage and affected transport for voters, election workers, and security personnel. Although Saturday’s election was relatively peaceful, observers reported at least 135 critical incidents, including eight reports of ballot snatching that invalidated votes and undermined the country’s democratic process, according to the country’s largest election monitoring body, Yiaga Africa. These challenges likely led to low voter turnout, the group said.