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Understanding Nigeria’s Elections, Amid Violence and Voting Irregularities

GUEST: Tom Burgis, award winning journalist and correspondent for the Financial Times…

Nigeria’s general elections, which were postponed by a more than a month past their original date because of violence, were extended for a day over the weekend. The chaotic Saturday voting was marred by violence and accusations of fraud in what could be the closest Presidential vote since the country’s democratic transition.

Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan faced stiff competition from his closest rival, Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator of Nigeria. Voting continued through Sunday in some areas. Results are expected to start trickling in today and a formal result is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

The militant group Boko Haram has escalated a campaign of violence since last year, having killed more than a 1000 people, kidnapped hundreds, and resorted to strapping bombs to children. Over the election weekend, nearly 40 people were reportedly killed by Boko Haram, including one elected representative.

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GUEST:…Tom Burgis is the author of ‘The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth’.