Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, April 08, 2011

Things don't look good

Even if the rationale sounds reasonable, history suggests that something dodgy is going on.

Nigeria election: Attahiru Jega announces partial delay
Legislative elections, initially due last Saturday, are to be postponed for a third time in some parts of Nigeria, the election chief has announced.

Attahiru Jega said the new delays would affect 13-14% of electoral districts, where voting started last week before the first postponement was heard about.

It was not possible to replace these ballot papers in time, he said.

The delays have raised new doubts over whether this month's round of national elections can be free and fair.

Previous elections held since the 1999 end of military rule have been characterised by allegations of widespread fraud and violence…

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