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How Safe/Democratic Are Elections In Nigeria? Will The Electoral Amendment Act Make A Difference?


Elections in Nigeria are a flashpoint for violence and conflict. It is thus not a surprise to see Nigeria scoring low on Freedom House’s index, indicating that the country is ‘partly free.’ The Presidential elections in 2019 were particularly troubling, with Freedom House concluding it was “…marred by irregularities.” In response, the UK Government has welcomed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, signed on 25th February, which will “…help contribute to free, credible and peaceful elections in Nigeria.” PSJ UK also welcomes this Bill in the hope it will achieve its objectives, although we recognise that these issues are too deep-seated and widespread to be tackled by one Bill.

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