NIGERIA'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

Monday, April 11, 2011

After the disappointing and embarrassing postponement of National Assembly elections on April 2nd, Nigeria managed to conclude legislative polling one week later as promised. Some of the results have been interesting and may indicate a change in Nigerian politics that could prove beneficial for the future of the country's democracy.



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NIGERIA: THE CONSEQUENCES OF POSTPONED ELECTIONS

Monday, April 4, 2011

The only word to describe my personal reaction to news of the recent election postponement in Nigeria is disgust. After receiving a budget that was arguably the highest ever for a similar election, the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) announced on April 2nd, that previously planned National Assembly elections would be postponed. The explanation given was that necessary paperwork and materials failed to reach many voting centers around the country. Now, National Assembly elections will occur on April 9th, pushing presidential elections to the 16th and state government elections to the 23rd of April. Why INEC waited until April 2nd, which was election day, to inform the country that it was unprepared is a mystery, but it does raise very interesting questions about where power lies and the future of Nigerian democracy.

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