Nigeria’s first-time voters flock to get voting cards ahead of election

Braving stressful waits, red tape and repeated visits, Nigerians are rushing to pick up their voting cards for next month’s presidential election, where three main candidates are vying to replace President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nearly 10 million new voters have been registered for the February 25 ballot, of whom 84 percent are young people aged under 34, a key block of ballots. With Nigeria struggling with growing insecurity, high living costs and increasing poverty, many young voters said they were more keen now to have a say about their future leader.

In some states 100,000 cards were collected in just five days. Nigeria’s elections in the past have been marred by logistical delays, violence and claims of fraud and vote buying.

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