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Counting underway in Nigeria


Nigeria is counting votes in parliamentary elections that have been twice delayed and cost the lives of around 100 people in pre-ballot violence.

And 10 per cent of Africa’s most populous country will not vote for another two weeks because their ballot slips could not be printed in time.

In the final hours before polling, bombs went off in the administrative capital, Abuja, but turn out was high, up to 85 per cent.

The vote will be followed by a presidential ballot on April 16 in which Goodluck Jonathan is tipped to be picked to serve a second term.

Despite the violence, international observers from the European Union say this election has gone relatively well after a decade of polls discredited by ballot stuffing and thuggery.

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