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Electoral violence reported before voting begins in Niger

01-31-2011 15:48 BJT

NIAMEY, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The agents of the National Movement for the Development of Society (MNSD-Nassara) of presidential candidate Seyni Oumarou who had been sent to different polling stations in Tahoua region were roughed-up on Sunday evening in the polling stations at Illela and Badaguichiri.

Some of these agents took refuge at the Badaguichiri police station while others just disappeared.

On Sunday, January 30, at about 5:00 a.m in the morning, MNSD- Nassara dispatched about 100 of its agents from Niamey to the northern region of Tahoua to watch against election rigging.

The Tahoua region is the stronghold of candidate Mahamadou Issoufou of the Socialist Party of Niger (PNDS-Tarayya).

Voting for the first round of Niger's presidential and legislative elections begin at the same time on Monday at 8:00 a.m (local time).

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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