Nigeria began counting votes in Saturday’s closely-fought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting hours in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned.

Analysts say the vote in Africa’s biggest economic power is too close to call, with the outcome set to hinge on which man voters trust the most to revamp an economy still struggling to recover from a 2016 recession.

Elections were disrupted by thugs and armed bandits in Lagos, Port Harcourt and several other places in Nigeria.
According to Vanguard Nigeria, Sixteen people were killed on Saturday in electoral violence across Nigeria during presidential and parliamentary elections, a network of civil society organizations said.

At one polling unit in the Yaba area of Lagos, AFP reporters witnessed bloody fights between youths, as unknown men distributed cash to waiting groups.

There were also reports of a sporadic shooting in Port Harcourt which prevented voters from participating in today’s election. There are reports from a few polling units without ballot boxes and some ballot boxes were stolen by hoodlums in some parts of Lagos.

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