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Nigeria to review electoral laws

Posted by BBC News on 2007/08/27 | Views: 391 |

Nigeria to review electoral laws


Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has set up an electoral reform committee following criticism of widespread fraud in last April's polls.

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has set up an electoral reform committee following criticism of widespread fraud in last April's polls.

Mr Yar'Adua's spokesman says the committee will review the electoral processes.

The committee will also consider possible changes to the constitution.

The announcement comes as a European Union election observer mission presented its final report on the conduct of the polls.

Local and international observers have said the elections were simply not credible because of widespread abuses.

Last April, President Yar'Adua's governing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came to power on the back of elections condemned at home and abroad as simply not credible.

Mr Yar'Adua, mindful of this, promised immediately to address the issue of electoral reform to try to ensure more credible polls.

Now he has announced a 22-member committee to do that job.

It is led by a former chief justice and includes members of civil society groups who were devastating in their criticism of April's general elections.

The BBC's Alex Last in Lagos says the committee's remit is broad, but adds that there are doubts about whether its recommendations will be implemented and whether they would make a difference.

He also says political office is seen as a quick avenue to immense wealth in Nigeria where many politicians and their parties will do just about anything to get elected.

The fact is most people here know what went wrong and why, he says.

The question is will it change the next time Nigerians vote in general elections in four years' time.


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Olusola Okhiria Nee Sodunke(Newport, Newport, UK)says...

This is a great piece of history, which is dear to our hearts as people and very much appreciated.

Many thanks to the people who worked hard in the past and those who are still making efforts to keep the institution.

The labour is obviouly worth it. We are proud of you all.

A lot still to be done, with the motivation of the champions of this course, others will follow as well to maintain the institution

May God continue to keep the edifice for development of future generations to the glory of God and the benefits of our fatherland.

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Joel Efiong(Calabar, Nigeria)says...

This is a great piece. The examination bodies should hire you as ICT consultant.

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Sunday Mbe(Kaduna, Kaduna, Nigeria)says...

ULIMASI means' GOD,THANK YOU' not THANK GOD.

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Sunday Mbe(Kaduna, Kaduna, Nigeria)says...

The name ULIMASI is from the UTUGWANG tribe in OBUDU local government area of CROSS RIVER STATE in Nigeria.

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I want the meaning of female owan name Ekeke (Edo state)