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Vol 60 No 5

Published 8th March 2019


The stayaway election

A dull campaign then a delayed vote resulted in the lowest turnout in two decades

Although Muhammadu Buhari comfortably defeated his main challenger Atiku Abubakar in presidential elections on 23 February, voter turnout was just 35.6%, the lowest since the return to civil rule in 1999. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that Buhari had won 15.1 million against Atiku's 11.2 million votes. Atiku, who immediately rejected the results as fraudulent, is to contest them at the election tribunal.

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