Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Holds on to Seat Amid Riots

April 19, 2011  |  

(CNN) — Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is the winner of the presidential election in Nigeria, the chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission declared Monday.  “Goodluck E. Jonathan of PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner,” Chairman Attahiru Jega said…Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Congress for Progressive Change, alleged that would-be voters had been intimidated and driven away from polling stations and that ballot boxes were stuffed with votes for Jonathan.  But the Nigerian observer group Project 2011 Swift Count said Sunday that, based on reports from a random sample of 1,468 polling units, it found “the country citizens were generally provided with a meaningful opportunity to exercise their right to vote and that the process improved over the National Assembly elections held last week. These elections were not without problems — in particular, isolated incidents of intimidation, violence, and illegal voting. But these incidents did not undermine the overall credibility of the process.”

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