oa The Constitution - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and election management in Nigeria: the April 2003 general elections in perspective:

Volume 5, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1595-5753



This article examines the practicalisation of the statutory responsibilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (iNEC) in the conduct of a free and fair elections with the April 2003 general elections in focus. It contends with the various problems encountered by INEC, a constitutional creation and the electoral ombudsman to all Federal and State elections. Some of the problems were party registration, voter registration, the Electoral Act 2001, and fees for screening of candidates as well as non-release of funds to it by the federal government. The article argues that these problems and the spate of violence which preceded the elections created doubts in the minds of many Nigerians as to the capability and preparedness of INEC towards the conducts of a Fee and fair elections. Given these difficulties and inadequate time to train its ad-hoc staff, it was near miracle that INEC performed creditably well The article concludes by recommending amendments to INEC structures and procedures as well as attitudinal change on the part of Nigerians.

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