Legislation and the Electoral Process: The Third-term Agenda and the Future of Nigerian Democracy

Elections have meaning for most people in a democratic context only because they lead to the choice of decision-makers by the majority of citizens. Elections and democracy are therefore inextricably linked. Three major challenges face the future of both in Nigeria as it moves towards the 2007 elections. The first is the will and capacity of the National Assembly and the Independent National Electoral Commission to keep to a road map that will lead the country to free and fair elections in 2007. The second is the ambition of President Olusegun Obasanjo to change the Constitution and have a third term in office against the wishes of a majority of Nigerians. And the third is to ensure that the next elections are not as massively rigged as the previous ones were.

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: Babangida, Electoral Act 2002, General Atiku Abubakar, General Yakubu Gowon, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Shehu Shagari, third termism