Reviewing Undercurrents, Trends, and Insights in the 2023 Nigerian Off-Cycle Elections
A CDD Post-Election Report
Nigerians went to the polls for the third and final set of elections in 2023, with citizens in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi electing state governors. These polls were conducted in the wake of contentious general elections that produced a new president, national legislators, and 28 state governors.
Reviewing the Nigerian 2022 Electoral Act: What it Meant for the 2023 Elections
For the first time in many electoral cycles, Nigerians were optimistic about the prospects of the 2023 general elections being credible. While there are various reasons behind this unusual optimism, the enactment of the Electoral Act 2022 stood out as a key factor. Its enactment increased the credibility ratings of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and the electoral process resulting in a record number of new voter registrations ahead of the elections. Arguably one of the most anticipated pieces of legislation in Nigeria's Fourth Republic, the Electoral Act 2022 was expected to enhance INEC's autonomy, both functionally and financially, and amplify the transparency of electoral proceedings. Yet, as the 2023 election cycle unfolded, it became clear that the Act wasn’t living up to these expectations and the broad-based optimism. Contrary to expectations, the Act's implementation did not translate to a higher voter turnout, seamless elections or a reduction in post-election litigation. Given this backdrop of high expectations juxtaposed against increased discontent, this paper delves into the Electoral Act 2022 and its influence on the 2023 elections.
Understanding the 2023 Nigerian Presidential and National Assembly Elections
Nigeria’s next elected president will lead the country into celebrating 63 years as an independent nation on 1 October 2023. In that time, Nigerians have seen attempts at democracy interrupted three times, but democracy has been the system of
Partisan Political Party Attitudes towards the Electoral Commission of Ghana
The New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress in Comparative Perspective
This paper examines partisan political party attitudes towards the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The commission has organised elections that have been considered to be successful since 1992 but these successes have done little to dent partisan
Women's Representation in Nigeria's Leading Political Parties
Nineteen years since the first attempt to address women's exclusion from national life through a National Policy on Women, produced under the then Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Ismail, the gender inclusiveness it sought to promote, remains elusive, especially in women's political participation.
Threats to Credible Election in Cote D'ivoire: An Overview
Cote d’Ivoire is one of six ECOWAS member states scheduled to hold elections in 2020. The 31 October vote will be the fifth presidential election since the death of the ‘pere foundateur de la nation’ (father of the nation) Felix Houphouet Boigny in 1993.
The Godson Turned Godfather: Governor Dickson and Bayelsa's 2019 Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated 16 November 2019 for off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States. These will be the first major elections to be conducted by INEC since the 2019 general elections.
2018 Osun State Governorship Election: Things to Know
Osun State was carved out of the old Oyo State on August 27, 1991, by the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida. The first democratically elected Governor of the State, Isiaka Adeleke, took office in January 1992 and governed till November 1993, when the military junta of Babangida dissolved all political offices, after the annulment of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election.