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In pictures: Nigeria state polls

People stand in elections queues during state elections in the city of Lagos

The people of Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, are at the polls to choose their state governors. Next Saturday they will return to vote in the presidential elections.

Voters wait to cast their ballot

Eager voters were left standing around in long queues, under the sun, waiting to cast their ballot as many polling stations failed to open on time. But by midday they were all operating.

Cracked window of a truck carrying election material, that was shot at by assailants seen on arrival in Lagos from Abuja

Polling is taking place amid tight security. Despite President Olusegun Obasanjo warning that violence would not be tolerated there have been some incidents.

Sixty-four year old woman shows the ink on her thumb after casting her vote in Port Harcourt

Fears of violence and rigging are most pertinent in the oil-rich, troubled Niger Delta. Reportedly, some polling stations in Port Harcourt did not have booths for people to vote in secret.

Man votes in Lagos

The winners of this Saturday's vote will have a big effect on daily life for Nigeria's 140m inhabitants. For the rest of the world though, the main focus is next week's presidential polls.


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