Saturday, February 27, 1999 Published at 15:49 GMT
Vote-rigging reported in some areas
In some areas voting has not been as enthusiastic as this
By Elizabeth Blunt in Port Harcourt
Reports from the north and west of Nigeria suggest an enthusiastic response to the presidential election but in parts of the oil-rich Niger Delta there has been less enthusiasm, and evidence of attempts to rig the results in some areas.
At polling stations in the farming community of Emuoha, the ballot boxes were full before midday.
At some stations we were assured that there had been a 100% turnout, that every single registered voter had turned up and cast their vote.
But then people came forward to show us their names on the list, saying that they had not voted but their votes had been cast for them.
Voting started late
One young man said that his mother had been incapacitated for more than two months and not able to leave her house and yet she was recorded as having cast her vote.
It is also easier in places where the number of genuine votes cast is low, as it has been in these elections in the Niger Delta - an area which seems to have lost faith in the willingness of any government to address its problems.
In the city of Port Harcourt and surrounding areas, voting started late and the turnout seems unlikely to exceed 10%, with little sign of the political enthusiasm reported in other parts of the country.