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Sunday, February 28, 1999 Published at 14:46 GMT

World: Africa

Nigerian elections: The day in pictures

Millions of Nigerians voted on Saturday in a presidential election set to put an end to more than 15 years of military rule.

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Queues were forming at polling stations soon after they opened for registration in the morning.

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After registration, voters waited patiently to cast their ballots.

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Former United States President Jimmy Carter, heading a monitoring team observing the elections, described the turnout as impressive and orderly.

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Head of state General Abdulsalami Abubakar (centre) arrived at his polling station five minutes too late and missed the opportunity to vote for his successor.

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The front-runner of the election campaign, Nigeria's former military leader General Olusegun Obasanjo, voted in his home town Abeokuta with his wife Stella.

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The presidential poll has been the fourth and last vote in the run-up to Nigeria's handover to democratic government.

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