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Vol. 1 No.2: December, 2013

The Politics of Electoral Reform in Nigeria

  • Babatunde O. Oyekami
February 29, 2016


Unarguably, elections are the bedrocks of any democratic institution. Elections in
Nigeria have been marred with various malpractices. This is evident in the report of both
national and international observers. As a result of this, electoral reform becomes an imperative
for democratic consolidation in Nigeria. President Yar‟Adua set up an electoral review
committee headed by a former Chief Justice of Federation to examine the entire electoral process
with a view to ensuring that Nigeria raises quality and standard of general elections and thereby
deepen her democracy; having accepted that elections that brought him into power were marred
with irregularities. The thrust of this paper starts with introductory overview of the topic. It
proceeds to the need for electoral reform in Nigeria taking into consideration, core
recommendations of electoral reform committee and federal government white paper. The part
three dwells in Nigeria‟s electoral management body while part four reviewed 2007 general
elections and need for electoral reform. Part five examined some models from other democratic
countries such as South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, United States and United Kingdom. The final
section provides way forward and conclusion. This paper examined critically the politics of
electoral reform in Nigeria and recommendations of electoral reform committee.