Nigerian vote denounced as flawed
Nigeria's ruling party candidate Umaru Yar'Adua was declared winner on Monday of a presidential poll rejected by the opposition and condemned by observers as a "charade." The vote was denounced as deeply flawed by international observers and the opposition. Both articles cite Chief EU observer Max van den Berg as evidence that the vote was flawed.
"These elections have not lived up to the hopes and expectations of the Nigerian people and the process cannot be considered to have been credible," said chief EU observer Max van den Berg.
The European Union monitoring body found the elections ``have fallen far short of basic international and regional standards for democratic elections,'' said mission head Max Van den Berg. ``These elections have not lived up to the hopes and expectations of the Nigerian people and the process cannot be considered to have been credible.''
While Reuters decides to quote Berg directly, AP goes about citing him by paraphrase/direct quote format. This news story is written, in both articles, in the inverted pyramid style. Also, both stories incorporate the core journalist values of novelty, conflict, and impact.