Ruling Party Trying to Rig the Vote [UK Guardian Richard Bowden in Oye-Ekiti]

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The mayhem started as soon as Nigeria’s state polls opened. The first polling station we visited had just been raided. A gang had stolen one book of ballot papers and half-filled another with votes for the candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). At the second, the register was missing and, as we were asking what happened, shots were fired from a passing BMW. Party agents gave chase and got its registration number. They said it was a state government car.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article2452369.ece
PDP "Trying to rig Ekiti Vote" – by Independent Guardian [UK] reporter Richard Dowden

Please also read the following Lydia Polgreen articles – complete with pictures:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/15/world/africa/15nigeria.html
Millions Vote in Nigeria, but Intimidation Is Widespread [April 14]

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/world/africa/16nigeria.html
Nigeria’s Governing Party Takes Lead in Elections [April 15]

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/world/africa/16nigeriacnd.html
Violent Protests in Nigeria Over Election Results [April 16]

Read More:http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article2452369.ece

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