Then they ruled that any further review of electoral laws must be part of a wider constitution review process, an open-ended excersise that could drag on for year. I think alternation of power is a natural remedy to these frustrations. Hopefully, the new electoral act and the solution of certain other problems will get Nigeria closer to the free, fair and credible elections it needs.
It is axiomatic in comparative politics that political competition presumes a basket of political rights Dahl, In order to minimise the filling of frivolous petitions, the electoral Act should be amended to provide that if a petitioner losses a case, it should be ordered by the court or Tribunal to bear the full expenses of the respondents.
Insome local body elections in New Zealand were elected using single transferable vote instead of the block vote. In spite of these peculiarities and uniqueness, there are certain prerequisites, which constitute an irreducible minimum for democracy regardless of our political rights.
Transition Monitoring Group Promote citizens sense of belonging in government. The committee recommended that the appointment of INEC chief and its members should be handed over to the judicial branch. Electoral reforms seek to make politics work a bit better, a bit sooner.
Almond Publishers, Second Edition. I would like to submit and suggest that an open ballot system of voting should be adopted in Nigeria. The Head of state himself confirmed this in his speech: On March 11,the Knesset approved a new law to raise the threshold to 3. Electoral Reforms in Nigeria.
They created a gender policy to ensure that INEC policies, plans, processes, and operations were gender-responsive, encouraging gender equity and balance within political parties. Of course, democratic elections are just the beginning. National and State Assembly elections should be held on a single date and must be held two years after the Presidential and Gubernatorial elections.
Now that the new president has been sworn in, there is much to learn from the elections. In the past, many Nigerians protested the unfair elections in many ways, sometimes even resorting to violent killings and riots.
It is on this basis that this paper critically observed, even with the electoral reforms carried out, the reasons why there were violence after the general election and recommended that adopting the basic part of the reforms, devolvement of power at the centre are other plausible way forward to true and sustainable democratic system in Nigeria.
The electoral Bill has sexist language which is unacceptable in contemporary world. Final Report of the General Elections in Nigeria. Under Section 78 of the amended law, parties that fail to win a seat in either the National Assembly of state legislative bodies can be un registered.
In the open ballot system, voters queue in front of the picture of the candidate they want to vote for. Northern legislators preferred the reverse sequence but their Southern counterparts won out on the issue.
With this in mind, the commission might contribute to the decentralization and internal democratization of all parties by accepting nomination of candidates directly from parties at the state level, rather than strictly the national level. This contradiction put the INEC in a tough position.
Historical Problems of Elections in Nigeria: The Strategic Plan of the Commission informed this plan. After the election, just as people prepared to roll out the drum to celebrate the success of the election, the unfortunate happened.
All these process occurred with flawed electoral rules, without legitimate and valid constitutions, with electoral agencies under the firm jacboots of military rulers.
Human Rights Watch Daveprints Publisher Associate, Benin City. Rather than elections to be embraced as one of the important processes that strengthen democratic institution and facilitate peaceful transition of power, they are seen as a violent means of acquiring the spoils of democracy Sule, All presidential aspirants are limited to N1 billion while gubernatorial candidates can only spend N million.arbiter are some of the problems plaguing the electoral process in Nigeria.
The quest to correct Electoral Reform; Democracy; Stability. Introduction The history of elections and electioneering in Nigeria is anti-theatrical to democratic stability.
circumvent the electoral process. Nigeria’s dominant political leaders, before and. Electoral Reform in Nigeria Problems and Prospects Essay INTRODUCTION Since the electoral meltdown in the General elections, each Election Day has raised new alarms that the foundation of our democracy — the right to vote in free and fair elections — remains beset with varied problems.
1 Electoral Reforms in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges (A Lecture by the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria at the 7th International Electoral Affairs Symposiumin Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).
Democracy and the Electoral Process in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects of the E-Voting Option Idike, Adeline Nnenna, A forward over the application of e-voting in democracy and the electoral process in Nigeria. The by political pundits that a reform of Nigeria’s electoral system and.
INTRODUCTION Since the electoral meltdown in the General elections, each Election Day has raised new alarms that the foundation of our democracy — the right to vote in free and fair elections — remains beset with varied problems.
argued that electoral reform before constitutional reform is like putting the cart before the horse in that many electoral problems facing the nation were constitutional 9, yet the ERP may make recommendations to that effect where necessary.Download