(Bloomberg) — Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections that started on Saturday were “largely peaceful” and orderly, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
Ban condemned attacks carried out by suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants and others attempting to disrupt the vote and is “encouraged by the determination and resilience shown by the Nigerian people in pressing forward and exercising their civic duties in the face of unjustifiable violence,” his office said in an e-mailed statement.
The election, which was delayed by six weeks, is the most hotly contested since military rule ended in 1999 in Africa’s most populous nation. President Goodluck Jonathan, 57, and his People’s Democratic Party are facing a united opposition led by former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, a 72-year-old northern Muslim who’s lost three previous elections.
The United Nations called on any disputes arising from the elections to be resolved thought “established” channels.