10 Apr 2011

Vote counting begins in Nigeria's election

7:27 pm on 10 April 2011

Votes are being counted in Nigeria's parliamentary elections, which were postponed a week because of a lack of readiness.

An EU observer said there was "almost no disorder and no intimidation" during the vote, reports the BBC.

About 73.5 million people were registered to vote.

There were pockets of violence with two suspected bombs going off at election centres in the north-eastern state of Borno, where a politician was shot dead.

The ABC reports that early indications suggest President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling People's Democratic Party is losing many seats to opposition parties.