BBC NEWS | Africa | Last-minute rush for Nigeria polls

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By Senan Murray | BBC News, Abuja

Pushing, shoving, shouting and swearing Nigerians scrambled to register to vote in April’s general elections on what was billed as the final day of voter registration – though it was later extended until the end of the week.

On Tuesday, there were allegations of electoral officers demanding bribes before registering desperate eligible voters in a registration centre in Abuja’s Area Three.

"They asked me to give them 120 naira (almost $1) before I’d be registered but I refused," says journalist Ann Onyealisi.

The electoral officers deny the charge even though many other people at the registration point corroborated Ms Onyealisi’s claims.

Read More:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6314547.stm

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