The National Assembly and Presidential Elections in Nigeria, 12 and 19 April 2003

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The National Assembly and Presidential Elections in Nigeria, 12 and 19 April 2003

Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 1 August 2006
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-786-3
Pages: 58

The report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Nigeria’s national assembly and presidential elections held on 12 and 19 April 2003. The group was chaired by HE Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, former prime minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity, and was comprised of 14 eminent persons in total.

The group found that in most of Nigeria, despite significant challenges, a genuine and largely successful effort was made to enable the people to vote freely. However, there were parts of Nigeria in which many Nigerians were denied the right to participate in an authentic democratic process.

ContentsExpand or collapse me
Map of Nigeria
Letter of Transmittal

1. Introduction
Terms of Reference
Activities of the Group  

2. Political Background
Summary of Relevant History
The First Republic
Military Rule and Civil War
The Second Republic
The Return of Military Rule
Recent Elections
Background to the 2003 Election Issues
Political Parties  

3. The Electoral Framework and Preparations for the Election
The Constitution
The Electoral Act
The Independent National Electoral Commission
Political Parties
Voter Registration
Voters’ Cards
Voter Education
Training of Election Officials
Election Tribunals  

4. The Campaign and the Media
The Campaign
The Media  

5. The Poll, Count and Results Process
The Poll
The Count
Collation of Results
The National Assembly Elections – 12 April 2003
The Presidential and Governorship Elections – 19 April 2003  

6. Conclusions and Recommendations