LAGOS, Nigeria — More than 200 young men and women held a music-filled protest on Tuesday to demand that Nigeria's polls scheduled for next year be clean.
The students, artists, professionals and activists carried banners and placards and passed out fliers to onlookers as they marched through downtown Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.
As the protesters wound their way through the streets for more than an hour, they had an open van fitted with huge speakers trailing them and blasting popular hits such as Bob Marley's "One Love," as well as Afro-beat tunes by now deceased Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and his son Femi Kuti.
The van also carried a team that was streaming live a video recording of the protest to the Web, powered by a generator.
Some of the placards they held read, "Our Votes Must Count," and "(Acting President Goodluck) Jonathan We Are Watching." One banner read, "No Light, No Water, Finally Young Nigerians Get Angry."
Tolu Ogunlesi, one of the protest organizers, said they are not deterred by the apathy many Nigerians express towards politics because of allegations of vote rigging in past elections.
"We should not complain until we have done our best," said Ogunlesi, who is also a journalist with the independent newspaper NEXT.
The protest ended peacefully at the office of the state governor.
The demonstration was organized by a local advocacy group, Enough is Enough Nigeria, which is also campaigning against the country's persistent power cuts and crippling corruption.
On Monday, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan promised free and credible elections next year during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. Jonathan said that was a goal that could be achieved in a year.
The Nigerian acting president, who is in Washington to attend President Barack Obama's Nuclear Summit, acknowledged that the public fears the electoral commission cannot deliver credible elections.
Since the return of civilian rule in 1999, Nigeria's polls have been marred by violence and serious allegations of vote rigging. The 2007 election was no exception but it was also Nigeria's first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power after the country had been plagued by decades of military dictatorships.