In Nigeria, have begun the presidential elections. Is expected to be a close race between two candidates. In many places, people were standing in front of the polling queue.

In the capital of the Northern state of Borno, Maiduguri, broke out briefly in a panic as explosions and gunfire were heard. The police confirmed the “sound of heavy gun fire”, but denied that there had been an attack. “The shots are not directed against the Public, but had a security purpose,” it said in a communication to the police.

Many residents feared that the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram’s choice of local attack. In Borno, where Boko Haram’s own Islamic state wants to build, are, the insurgents are particularly active.

at a polling station in his home town of Daura (Katsina state) was President Muhammadu Buhari (76), the Second to his wife his voice. The Conservatives were assured of victory that he gets the mandate for a further term of office. Be the strongest Challenger to the liberal candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar (72). A total of more than 70 candidates applying for the post of President. At the same time parliamentary elections are held. Around 84 million people are entitled to in Africa’s largest economy choice.

the First results are not expected before Monday. The vote was originally scheduled for last weekend, has been moved just hours before the Opening of the polling stations.

dpa

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