Nigerians Reject Election Results

Candidates charge fraud; observers say polling should be repeated
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2007 7:21 AM CDT
Police guard ballots ready to be counted at a polling station in Lagos, Nigeria Saturday, April 21, 2007. A truck bomb aimed at electoral commission headquarters ran into barriers and failed to explode...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Opposition candidates in Nigeria’s presidential elections have rejected the results of  Saturday’s voting, accusing the governing party of fraud. Foreign observers concur that the polling was faulty, with violence, intimidation, missing ballot boxes, and even abduction and murder of electoral officials and the police officers escorting them the BBC reports.

Nigeria's biggest election monitoring group says the polling should be held again. Election officials called it a success that would be remembered for generations. Early results give the ruling People's Democratic Party candidate a commanding lead.