Insurgency, fraud pose risks for credible Nigerian election

December 24, 2014 7:08 AM

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Insurgency, fraud pose risks for credible Nigerian election

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has made an effort to clean up voter registration for elections next February, but holding a credible poll is a daunting prospect amid chaotic distribution of ballot cards and an Islamist insurgency that could disenfranchise millions.

Nigeria's last presidential poll in 2011 was deemed the cleanest to date in Africa's most populous nation, but since previous elections had been characterized by ballot box snatching, intimidation of voters by armed thugs and completely made up results, this was a modest achievement.

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