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In final stage of election, Nigerians elect state governors

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(Read caption) An electoral official arranges ballot papers at the distribution center in Uyo, Nigeria, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Nigeria began voting Tuesday for who should serve as state governors in the oil-rich nation, lucrative positions many politicians use violence and election fraud to obtain

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This post gives an overview of what will happen in Nigeria’s state elections this week. These gubernatorial elections will conclude a three-stage electoral process that began with legislative elections on April 9 and continued with presidential elections on April 16.

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Today, Nigerians in 29 of the country’s 36 states will cast votes for state governors. On Thursday, voters in Kaduna and Bauchi States will do the same (the elections in these two states were postponed due to the violence that followed last week’s presidential elections). In the remaining five statesBayelsa, Cross River, Adamawa, Kogi and Sokoto – elections will not take place this week “because the elections that brought the governors of the states in 2007 were flawed and new elections and governors were the results.” Courts and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are currently reviewing the situations in those five states.

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