Nigerian parties criticise slow pace of weekend election count


Nigeria was to resume announcing presidential election results on Monday amid complaints of irregularities as opposition parties criticised the slow pace at which the results were being uploaded on to the election commission’s website.

Saturday’s vote to pick a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be close, with candidates from two parties that have alternated in power since the end of army rule in 1999 facing an unusually strong challenge from a minor party nominee.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has so far released official results from only one of 36 states.

To become president, a candidate needs a simple majority and to garner a quarter of the votes in at least 24 states.

By 0830 GMT, INEC had uploaded results from 52,236 polling units out of a total 178,846, its website showed.

INEC apologised for these glitches in a statement on Sunday.

“We take full responsibility for the problems and regret the distress that they have caused the candidates, political parties and the electorate,” said INEC.

All three parties complained of irregularities. Obi’s Labour Party lambasted the electoral body for the failure, in some places, to upload results directly from each polling unit to its website, as it had promised to do to guarantee transparency.

Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, said on Sunday the release of tallies would resume at 1000 GMT on Monday.

There have been incidents of violence and intimidation,

In northern Kano state, police said suspected thugs had attacked a campaign office for a smaller opposition party and set the building on fire, killing two people.

Police said they had killed one of the suspects and arrested four.