Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, December 30, 2013

An election in Nigeria

How trusting should we be of the reporting or the official results?

Nigerian opposition win despite Islamic uprising
The opposition All Progressives Congress swept every seat in peaceful local government elections in Nigeria’s northeast state of Yobe, officials said, defying Islamic extremists opposed to democracy and the ruling party’s insistence it was too insecure to campaign…
Yobe state, Nigeria
The [Peoples Democratic Party] boycotted Saturday’s elections for 178 councilors and 17 chairmen, saying it was not safe to campaign. They had not been expected to win seats in the traditional opposition stronghold.

The [PDP] disputed the Yobe electoral commission’s figures showing nearly 80 percent of 1.2 million registered voters cast ballots. Some reporters had noted a low turnout and the figure was surprising in a region where tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes by a 4-year-old Islamic uprising…

Chairman Mohammed Jauro Abdu of the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission said, ‘‘Our elections went on smoothly without any case of violence or breach of peace. This is a pointer and a signal for the government at the center that the state is safe to hold elections even in 2015, insha'Allah (God willing).’’ He spoke Sunday night when he announced the results.

Some politicians in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north have suggested southern Christian politicians want to prolong the state of emergency to prevent 2015 voting in areas where they are unpopular…

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