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Press condemns Nigerian elections
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Papers in Africa are disparaging about the elections held in Nigeria over the last two weekends.

One goes as far as describing them as the "gang-rape of democracy" while another refers to the "killing and rigging extravaganza".

One commentator appeals to Nigerians not to lose faith in democracy but there is concern that the recent state takeover of a broadcaster shows that the country is moving towards dictatorship.

PATIENCE SADUWA IN NIGERIA'S GUARDIAN

Nigerians who still care about the future of this country should now decide: should we allow this gang-rape of our nascent democracy and the great insult to our collective sensibilities to continue unchecked?

Elections in the country have always been marred by rigging, manipulations of results ... this is the first time a grand plan was ever conceived to deliberately and blatantly disenfranchise a very large part of eligible voters.

COMMENTARY IN NIGERIA'S THIS DAY

Outrage is too weak a word to describe the reactions to the sham and the shame... politicians... embarked on a rigging and killing extravaganza that has put a giant question mark on our readiness to allow democracy to take root.

EDITORIAL IN NIGERIA'S VANGUARD

Widespread voter apathy was noticeable across the country and the reason people are staying away is because they say, it was pointless voting for one candidate and another person being announced. The 2007 election is looking increasingly like a disaster foretold.

EDITORIAL IN NIGERIA'S VANGUARD

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Prof Maurice Iwu's logistical nightmare continues... He has been known to say that he would organize a free and fair election if that were the last thing he would do... There is no evidence he has done so.

COMMENTARY IN NIGERIA'S THIS DAY

I want to appeal to Nigerians not to lose faith in democracy... The fact that President Olusegun Obasanjo has made a complete mess of our democracy and turned Nigeria into his chicken farm doesn't mean democracy is bad.

EDITORIAL IN SOUTH AFRICA'S CAPE TIMES

To call Nigeria's current elections chaotic would be a gross understatement... This is being billed as Nigeria's first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power, so, by Nigerian standards, if there is no military coup over the next few weeks, it will be deemed a relative success. This shows how low expectations have fallen.

HANS PIENAAR IN SOUTH AFRICA'S STAR

Jittery Nigerians and international observer groups... are calling for the elections to be shelved and be rerun. They fear the same kind of violence that provoked a military coup in 1993... This seems unlikely... However, the poll, whatever the outcome, will remain controversial for some time.

EDITORIAL IN GHANA'S CHRONICLE

Even though elections in even the advanced democracies, including the USA, still show there is room for improvement, the Nigerians have a long way to go to impress even emerging democracies on the continent.

AUGUSTA OKON IN NIGERIA'S VANGUARD

Nigeria at 46 is no longer in its infancy. Elections should be conducted in a matured, civilized and democratic manner.

EDITORIAL IN NIGERIA'S GUARDIAN

The invasion of the broadcasting station, Africa Independent Television (AIT), recently by the State Security Service (SSS) offends the law, the constitution and all democratic norms... Nigerians are alarmed at this development as it points again towards dictatorship.

EDITORIAL IN SOUTH AFRICA'S CAPE TIMES

Whoever governs after this will have to move swiftly and effectively to tackle major problems... that Obasanjo failed to solve in eight years as president. But don't hold your breath... In eight years' time, will we be saying much the same about his successor?

MARTINS OLOJA IN NIGERIA'S GUARDIAN

The trouble with the administration is the president's apparent failure to get the right people to manage his reputation and the reputation of the federal government.

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