Petra Bendel

in Elections in Africa

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296454
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600036 | DOI:

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This chapter on elections and electoral systems in Nigeria follows the same format as all the other country chapters in the book. The first section is introductory and contains a historical overview, discussion of the evolution of electoral provisions, an account of the current electoral provisions (the Constitution was abolished and elections annulled in 1993, although state legislature elections took place in 1997 and national parliament elections in 1998; no information was available for these) and a comment on the electoral statistics. The second section consists of ten tables. These are: 2.1 Dates of National Elections, Referendums, and Coups d’Etat (there have been no referendums); 2.2 Electoral Body 1959–1993 (data on population size, registered voters, and votes cast); 2.3 Abbreviations (abbreviations and full names of political parties and alliances used in tables 2.6, 2.7, and 2.9); 2.4 Electoral Participation of Parties and Alliances 1959–1993 (participation of political parties and alliances in chronological order and including the years and number of contested elections); 2.5 Referendums (none held); 2.6 Elections for Constitutional Assembly 1977 and 1994 (no data available); 2.7 Parliamentary Elections 1959–1962 (details of registered voters and votes cast nationally and regionally); 2.8 Composition of Parliament 1959–1992 (nationally and regionally); 2.9 Presidential Elections 1979–1993 (details of registered voters and votes cast nationally and regionally); and 2.10 List of Power Holders 1960–1998.

Keywords: alliances; constitutional assembly elections; coups d’état; elections; electoral body; electoral participation; electoral provisions; electoral statistics; electoral systems; history; national elections; Nigeria; parliamentary composition; parliamentary elections; political parties; power holders; presidential elections; registered voters; votes cast

Chapter.  8320 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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