World Bulletin / News Desk
Nigerians started casting their ballot on Saturday to elect a new president and national parliament, five hours after voters had filed out to be accredited.
Voting got underway across much of Nigeria, although accreditation has not been concluded in several areas where it started behind schedule owing to issues of late arrival of officials and materials, according to Anadolu Agency reporters monitoring the exercise.
Where accreditation is delayed, voting commencement would also be delayed to enable voters on queue to accredit.
Voting is taking place at 119, 973 polling centers across the country and will end after the last accredited voter had cast his/her ballot.
Nigeria has a total of 68,833,476 registered voters, down from 73.5 million four years ago. The reduction has been attributed to the recent elimination of double registration.
Only 56,431,255 eligible voters (some 82 percent of the total) have obtained permanent voter cards (PVCs), without which voters cannot cast ballots.
Fourteen parties are fielding candidates in the presidential poll, all of whom – with one exception – are male. There are, however, four female vice-presidential candidates.
Last Mod: 28 Mart 2015, 14:25