Abstract and info
This publication emerges from the proceedings of a workshop on electoral reforms in Nigeria. It consists of six chapters, including a transcription of live proceedings. The chapter on The Problem of Electoral Reform in Nigeria focuses on the recurrent problem of election management and elections in the country. Also, it illustrates the hypothesis that election management and elections have, historically, fundamentally derogated from the critical defining characteristics and trajectories of democratic elections.
The Electoral Reforms and Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria chapter draws attention to, and discusses the opportunities that exist in engaging, the current reform agenda, while showing the need to go beyond the reform of the constitutional and legal framework of elections and the design of electoral systems that can handle the challenges of diversity and political representation in Nigeria.
The chapter on Critical Areas Begging for Electoral Reforms in Nigeria examines the concept, functions, types of elections and electoral systems, Nigeria?s obligation under international and regional standards, preparation for and conduct of elections, legal and constitutional framework for elections, delimitation of constituencies and wards, registration of voters, filing of nominations of candidates by political parties, electioneering campaigns and pre-election environment, campaign finance, media coverage, role of civil society, election petitions,recruitment, training and deployment of electoral personnel, conduct of elections, counting of votes and announcement of results and makes recommendations on the way forward.
The section on Electoral Reforms in Nigeria extensively examines the party system, electoral malpractices, security, election management body and election-related disputes as well as their resolution.
The concluding chapter, Electoral reforms: The Way Forward, examines the meanings of the concepts of reform, elections and electoral quality, Nigeria?s problematic experience with elections, and, in particular, the April 2007 elections. It also offers suggestions for reforming the electoral system for improved electoral quality in Nigeria.