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Chaos in Nigeria as thousands unable to get voter cards

With Nigeria's February 16 elections just days away, thousands of people in Africa's biggest oil-producing country are yet to receive their voter cards. After waiting for weeks, some have now been told that their cards are not ready, haven't been found, or that they are still on their way from the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Scenes of people expressing anger have been reported across the country. "I already feel disenfranched; it's all-time chaos," estate agent Jabua Ese told FRANCE 24. Previous Nigerian elections have been hit by fraud and both main parties have been accused of trying to rig the result by buying up the biometric identity cards needed to vote. In 2015, international interest in Nigeria's election was high given the threat from Boko Haram and its kidnap of more than 200 schoolgirls from the Borno town of Chibok. It was also noteworthy for Jonathan's willingness to accept defeat and a peaceful transition, which sparked hopes it could set a precedent across Africa.

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