Thursday, April 26, 2007

Opposition Wants Nigerian Vote Annulled

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Local media described ruling party thugs running off with ballot boxes or driving away voters with guns and knives.

At one polling center in southern Nigeria, electoral workers could be heard shouting for the ballots to be hidden as an AP reporter approached. A week earlier, in the same area, workers could be seen affixing their own thumbprints on stacks of ballots and stuffing them into the boxes.

Presidential ballots distributed Saturday in many parts of the country lacked serial numbers that would guard against fraud by allowing officials to track the papers from ballot boxes through collation centers.

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