Page last updated at 13:12 GMT, Sunday, 7 February 2010

Nigeria governor re-elected in controversial poll

Peter Obi in Agulu district, Anambra, 6 February
Peter Obi is a veteran of local politics.

The governor of Nigeria's south-eastern state of Anambra, Peter Obi, has been re-elected, the electoral commission has announced.

The result was rejected by all other parties, who said their supporters were disenfranchised because their names did not appear on the electoral register.

The Nigerian government has admitted there were some irregularities during Saturday's election.

A BBC reporter in Anambra says security is being stepped up across the state.

Mr Obi represents an opposition party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance. Official results show his party won in 13 out of 21 local government councils.

Earlier, the Nigerian Minister of Information, Dora Akunyili, admitted there had been some "hiccups" during the election.

Many polling stations opened hours late and there were confrontations as voters discovered their names were not on the electoral register.

Gangs of youths intimidated and harassed voters, and there were reports of ballot boxes being snatched from several polling stations, the BBC's Caroline Duffield reports from Lagos.

The elections have been closely watched as an indicator of how general elections next year will be run, our correspondent adds.

Print Sponsor


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific