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Violence, fraud, kidnapping hits Nigeria gubernatorial vote

Taxi tricycles drive past campaign billboards and banners displayed along a street in Otuoke, the home town of former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta region, on January 27, 2015Violence, fraud and the kidnapping of election officials have forced a partial re-run of a vote for a new governor in former president Goodluck Jonathan’s home state, the electoral body said Monday. Voters went to the polls on Saturday in the southern state of Bayelsa but the election was extended into Sunday because of unrest in the Southern Ijaw local government area. The local commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Baritor Kpagih, said the vote in Southern Ijaw was “substantially marred by violence, ballot box-snatching and hostage-taking of electoral officers”.

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