oa The Constitution - Elections and electoral practices in Nigeria: dynamics and implications



The article locates the dynamic of electoral practices in (i) the historical context of state formation in Nigeria, (ii) the nature and character of the Nigerian state, (iii) the nature and character of Nigeria s ruling class, (iv) developments in the international economy and politics, and (v) the relative strength of the progressive forces in Nigeria. It is argued that reforms that target electoral practices and processes must address problems in this set of dynamic factors if they are to produce a viable, legitimate and democratic political order in Nigeria. It is concluded that what is required is not reform but a radical departure that understands elections and electoral practices from a completely different perspective that addresses the political economy of the Nigerian state.


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