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Nigeria counting ballots following tight presidential election

NIGERIA is counting ballots following a historically tight presidential election held on Saturday.

The vote was mostly peaceful despite some cases of violence, delays and technical glitches, and citizens stayed up late at night in many locations to observe the count of the ballots.

Nearly 90 million voters were eligible to vote on Saturday for a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is stepping down after two terms in office.

The election is pitting former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against an old rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Spread over more than 176,000 polling units, voters also cast their ballot for Nigeria’s two houses of parliament, the National Assembly and Senate.

The commission has 14 days to officially announce results, but an online tally could be made available in the next hours or days.

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