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Date:21 Feb 2016
#NigerElections: Polls Open as Voters Choose from 15 Presidential Candidates

Polling stations are due to open at about 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT) on Sunday for about 7.5million voters to elect a president and parliamentarians.

Incumbent President, Mahamadou Issoufou is hoping to secure a second term facing a strong challenge from his main opposition rival, former Prime Minister Hama Amadou, who is currently behind bars accused of trafficking babies, a charge he strongly denies. The contesting candidates also includes Mahamane Ousmane, Niger's first democratically elected president.

The run-up to the vote has been marred by accusations of repression and a row over identification documents.

The authorities have announced that roughly 1.5 million people without ID papers will be able to cast their ballots by having witnesses vouch for them, in a move that was condemned by opposition leaders.

A run-off will be held if no candidate secures an outright victory on Sunday.

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