ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Nigeria on edge as first vote in. Buhari ahead.

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First results have trickled in from Nigeria's closely fought general election, with protests over the conduct of the vote and a warning of manipulation of the count adding to fears of violence.

Nigeria awaits poll results, UN calls for calm

2015-03-30 08:38

Nigerians have awaited the first results of a closely fought general election pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

Curfew in Nigerian city as Boko Haram hampers voting

2015-03-30 06:07

An indefinite lockdown has been ordered on three areas in northeast Nigeria after troops battled scores of Boko Haram fighters outside the Bauchi state capital, Bauchi city.

Results in Nigeria election expected from Monday

2015-03-29 20:12

First results of Nigeria's presidential election could be given from Monday, the head of the country's electoral commission has said.

UN chief: Nigeria vote largely peaceful

2015-03-29 17:35

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Nigerians for holding "largely peaceful and orderly" elections despite Boko Haram attacks.

Nigerian voters try again after technical glitches

2015-03-29 07:11

Nigerians hit by failures in new election technology have returned to the polls, to allow them to cast their ballots in the country's close-run presidential election.

Hackers shut down Nigeria electoral commission site

2015-03-28 22:03

A group calling itself the Nigerian Cyber Army has hacked into and shut down the electoral commission's website, warning officials not to rig the presidential election as accreditation for voting in the poll was under way.

Voting suspended in some places in Nigeria

2015-03-28 19:23

Nigeria's electoral commission says polling in the country's presidential and parliamentary election had been suspended in some places because of glitches with new voter ID card readers.

Nigerians turn out en masse to vote

2015-03-28 15:39

Nigerians turned out en masse to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

Blast hits polling station in east Nigeria

2015-03-28 12:47

An explosion has struck a polling station at a primary school in the eastern Nigerian city of Awka but claimed no casualties, police say..

 

Nigeria rejects US-UK poll interference fears

2015-03-30 15:53

Nigeria's electoral commission has hit back at US and British fears of political interference in the country's general election, saying there was no evidence of party meddling in the count.

Sierra Leone ends anti-Ebola lockdown after 3 days

2015-03-30 07:34

Sierra Leoneans are once again allowed to leave their homes after the government announced the end of a three-day nationwide lockdown aimed at preventing a resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus.

Nigeria in tense vote count

2015-03-29 22:45

Nigeria is counting ballots in its closely fought general election after failures in controversial new technology pushed voting into a second day, with officials calling for calm in the tense wait for a winner.

UN Ebola head warns against complacency

2015-03-29 19:14

The head of the UN's Ebola fighting force has warned against complacency as the fight against the disease enters its final lap, hailing Guinea for tightening surveillance.

Nigerian voters return to polls

2015-03-29 10:56

Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election have returned to the polls, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

Voting extended in 300 Nigeria polling stations

2015-03-28 22:58

Voting in Nigeria's general election has been extended to Sunday in 300 out of 150 000 polling stations, the electoral commission said, after technical glitches marred polling nationwide.

Togo pushes presidential elections back 10 days

2015-03-28 20:12

Togo's government says it will delay presidential elections by 10 days, holding them on 25 April.

Boko Haram gunmen kill 6 voters

2015-03-28 17:31

Boko Haram insurgents launched two deadly attacks on voters in northeast Nigeria killing six people in an election in which insecurity is a major issue.

2 killed in attack on Nigeria polling stations

2015-03-28 13:48

At least two people have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack on polling stations in northeast Nigeria, residents and an election official have told AFP.

Polling stations open in Nigerian presidential election

2015-03-28 10:23

Polling stations have opened in Nigeria, the electoral commission says, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.

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