Nigeria Races to Prevent Vote Rigging

Posted by: Margarita Williams

In an attempt to oversee a fair election in Nigeria, the electoral commission said this week that presidential, parliamentary and state polls will take place in January rather than April, allowing only four months to prepare.

Officials must make a new voter list from 2007’s imperfect rolls and control voter intimidation. The opposition Action Congress of Nigeria said the timetable is “unrealistic and a recipe for failure,” and I agree. Holding elections three months early will cause the process of finding candidates to be rushed and will not give the people of Nigeria time to make accurate decisions.

They say the election is being held to prevent rigging, but rushing the process will complicate an already flawed system.

Here’s the story:

AGOS (AFP) – Nigeria has set off on what some may consider a near impossible task in Africa’s most populous nation — holding fair elections — and has upped the ante by giving itself only four months to prepare.

The electoral commission said this week that presidential, parliamentary and state polls would be held in January, prompting one newspaper columnist to call it the “maddest race against time in the history of Nigerian politics.”

Continue reading  here.

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