Nigeria Poised to Elect President

Published on Friday 15th April 2011

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to win a presidential poll in Africa's most populous nation on Saturday.Jonathan faces two main challengers who failed to form an alliance in a last-minute bid to force a run-off.President Jonathan's top rival is former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, followed by challenger Nuhu Ribadu, a former anti-corruption chief.Jonathan has promised to improve the economy, health and education in the oil-rich country.Buhari has vowed to clean up corruption and invest in Nigeria's infrastructure, while Mr. Ribadu has said his top priority is to lift ordinary Nigerians from poverty.Security has been increased throughout Nigeria on Friday.  Authorities say the borders have been closed and there is a strong military presence throughout the country so that forces can help police if violence breaks out.Election officials say Nigeria is prepared for Saturday's presidential poll, after delaying key elections this month due to logistical problems and a shortage of ballots.Parliamentary polls last week show Mr. Jonathan's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) lost some ground, but will retain its majority.Parliamentary voting delayed at 15 percent of the polling stations are scheduled to take place Saturday.International monitors described last Saturday's polling as "encouraging."  The European Union declared Nigeria's 2007 vote "not credible."President Goodluck Jonathan, the former vice president, is seeking his first full term after assuming the presidency last year upon the death of his predecessor, President Umaru Yar'Adua.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.


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