Nigeria: #PlessYaHand and #NigeriaDecides Trending

This post is part of our special coverage Nigeria Elections 2011.

Voting in Nigeria’s presidential election has begun. The election was postponed from 9 April, 2011. The main candidates are the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and Muhamadu Buhari. #PlessYaHand and #NigeriaDecides are currently trending in Nigeria's Twittersphere.

Low or high turnout?


UPDATE: Low turnout of voters in Ibadan. Sports minister appeals to electorate to come out and vote. – NEXT #NigeriaDecides

Hashtag for Nigeria Presidential Election. Image courtesy of CP-Africa.


Low? I'm no 481 on the queue and there are many pple behind me RT @bubusn: Seeming low turn outs in Lagos might hurt ACN. #PlessYaHand


Last week I was 26 out of 84, this week I'm Number 98 out of over 250!! Nigerians are really ready for this!! #Nigeriadecides #Plessyahand


The massive turnout of voters dis wk is an indication tht there is sm belief in the system, change is here ☺.#PlessYaHand #Nigeriadecides


RT @Tomi_Oladipo: An old lady here just told me she came all the way from the US to vote #NigeriaDecides


In my family, everyone. Is voting different candidates! Now that's democracy… :D #Nigeriadecides


Final announcement for accreditation made! latecomers are now rusing to queue up for it #PU/09/09/11/037 #PU/09/09/11/038 # #NIGERIADECIDES

Who is the enemy of democracy?:

RT @Ebuka: The biggest opponent to democracy today is the heat. Which kain heat be dis? #NigeriaDecides


Mehn, this sun has the power to disenfranchise! But I stay defiant. I must vote.#Nigeriadecides


Cnt we thnk of somthn dat wont require dat voters stay on a queue in the hot sun for almost one hour?@inecnigeria #plessyahand


It really takes dedication to brace dis hot Lagos sun to queue & vote #PlessYaHand

Nigerians waiting to cast their votes. Photo courtesy of @Steve_eko



RT @healnigeria: One trailer of Ballot papers with PDP officials is reportedly caught in BORNO STATE along Gambaru Ngala Road.


RT @234next: KADUNA: Five CPC supporters arrested at Namadi Sambo’s polling unit for campaigning. #Nigeriadecides


UPDATE: A local PDP politician was almost beaten to death in Tundun Wada, Kaduna South for distributing money to voters. #NigeriaDecides


In Ideato LGA in Imo INEC official was caught with ballots claiming to be taking it to another PU that needs the papers #nigeriadecides



RT @duchessromeya: Don't fold your ballot papers after voting cos ink spills over and leaves multiple marks. Multiple marks = invalid vote #plessyahand


It's time to #PlessYaHand! Remember the future of a country and generations is at stake! Use #ReVoDa to protect your vote. #NigeriaDecides

Finally, vote with a sense of humor:


RT @Moyinoluwa: First lady did it again! Dame Jonathan said to journalist: “Are you going to show us ‘alive’ on the TV?”:D #NigeriaDecides #Plessyahand

It was the Nigerian First Lady, Patience Jonathan, who asked Nigerians to vote for “umblerra”, the symbol of the Peoples’ Democratic Party. Here is a single titled “Umblerra” featuring Patience Jonathan.

This post is part of our special coverage Nigeria Elections 2011.

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