Electoral Reform in Nigeria: The Challenges Ahead
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It is axiomatic to argue that each Election Day in Nigeria has raised new alarms that threaten the foundation of Nigerian‟s democracy. That is, Nigeria‟s democratic field is filled with various landmines. Years after serious problems were exposed to the public; it has become increasingly apparent that our electoral system and process are technologically, legally and administratively inadequate and unfair to the majority of the electors. Over the last few years, INEC, politicians, organized civil society and international community have all sought to learn from 1999- 2007 election by launching projects that aim to improve the Nigerian electoral system. Given the above antecedents, one wound posit that there are possible scenarios in our electoral process that needs to be reformed. And this is why electoral reform agenda is a welcome development in the Nigeria‟s electoral history. This paper seeks to contribute to this debate. It starts by examining the problematizing the need for electoral reform by defining the concept in a theoretical perspective. The paper goes on to identify the areas that needs to be reformed; the challenges and opportunities in the current electoral reform in Nigeria and suggest ways of correcting the negative impact of our electoral process. The paper concludes by positing that if INEC still remains under the presidency that controls its budget and appointments, there may be a crash of democracy in Nigeria before 2011.
About the Authors
Okechukwu Innocent Eme