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Only 3 in 10 People Turned Out to Vote in Nigeria’s Elections

  • About 29% of eligible voters cast their ballot on Feb. 25
  • Turnout was lowest on record since end of military rule

Turnout in Nigeria’s presidential election was the lowest on record — with fewer than 3 out of 10 people who registered and collected voting cards casting their ballots.

There had been optimism ahead of the Feb. 25 vote — won by the ruling party’s Bola Tinubu — that the contest would reverse a steady decline in participation in the West African country’s recent polls. In the run-up to the election, in which for the first time three candidates campaigned with a credible shot at victory, the voter roll swelled by more than 9 million. About 87.2 million Nigerians were eligible to vote.