oa The Constitution - A case for credible elections in Nigeria: proposed agenda for electoral reform



This article captures the preponderance of a totalitarian character in Nigerias electoral process and democracy as practiced by the ruling class. It avers that since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914 up to the present Obasanjo government, electoral dictatorship has been foisted on the people. It argues that democracy ought to be based on ""free consent"" of the people. Conclusively, the article outlines measures that would ensure free and fair election, such as minimising electoral violence; economic empowerment of ordinary people and court judges; reducing payable remuneration rates to political office holders as disincentives for electoral fraud and violence; multiplicity of political platforms as a way of ensuring free and fair election, mode of compensation of INEC commissioners, systematic and continuous update of voters register; refusal to swear in disputed candidates/results until final court determination of the case; enforcement of legal provisions on party/candidate funding; and limits to election expenditure.


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