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Polling Stations Open in Nigeria

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TEHRAN, April 9 (ICANA) – Polling stations have opened in some parts of Nigeria for twice-delayed parliamentary elections as Nigerian officials postponed polls in an area near the capital city, Abuja.
Saturday, April 09, 2011 10:00:29 PM
Polling Stations Open in Nigeria

Nigerian voters on Saturday will cast their ballots for who will take the seats in the oil-rich country's National Assembly.

Just hours before the start of the polls, a bomb blast rocked an electoral office, leaving eleven people dead.

"The election in Suleija local government area for today has been suspended," electoral commission spokesman Kayode Idowu told AFP.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack that injured 26 others, as well.

Nigerian officials postponed the vote for the first time a week ago due to logistical chaos.

Separately in a northeastern town, gunmen attacked a police station where electoral officials were collecting material for the vote. Four people were shot dead during the attack.

A presidential election will be also held in Nigeria on April 16, and gubernatorial elections will be held on April 26. The incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan will be facing 18 challengers in the elections.

Nigeria had earlier expelled 87 nationals of the Republic of Niger after they allegedly attempted to rig this month's elections.

According to UPI news agency, more than 50 people were killed in election-related violence in the African nation last year.

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