Poll workers fled their jobs and tens of thousands of displaced Nigerians had nowhere to cast ballots Tuesday in gubernatorial elections being held despite violence in the presidential poll earlier this month.

The stability of Africa’s most populous nation is at stake as it concludes voting that began on April 9 with parliamentary elections.

At least 500 people perished in rioting across the country’s predominantly Muslim north International when tallies from the April 16 presidential poll showed President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, had won. Mobs set fire to the hostels where young poll workers were staying, leaving at least 11 recent college graduates dead.

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