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Nigerians continue voting, despite some violence and technical hitches

  • Election officials count ballot papers at the end of voting in one of the  polling stations in Yola, Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Election officials count ballot papers at the end of voting in one of the polling stations in Yola, Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)  (The Associated Press)

  • Election officials  use the lights from their cellphones to prepare ballots for late voters in one of the polling stations  in Kaduna,  Nigeria,  Saturday, March 28, 2015. A Nigerian official says voting is being extended to Sunday in areas that have experienced problems in checking voters’ identities. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Election officials use the lights from their cellphones to prepare ballots for late voters in one of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday, March 28, 2015. A Nigerian official says voting is being extended to Sunday in areas that have experienced problems in checking voters’ identities. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

Nigerian officials say voting continued in some areas on Sunday because of technical problems. More than 40 people were killed in election-related violence Saturday, though millions were able to cast ballots in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call.

The country's electoral commission says that voting continued Sunday in about 300 of the 150,000 polling stations. The extended voting was necessary because new voting equipment failed to confirm voters' identities.

Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast. In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were shot and killed in southern Rivers state and police said two car bombs exploded at polling stations in the southeast but no one was injured.