Jul 28, 2019

Challenges of Democracy in Nigeria: Reform of the Nigeria Electoral Process

Every country operates a form of system of governance, for example, Democracy, Oligarchy, Monarchy, Theocracy and Autocracy. Democracy has been seen as the government of the people, by the people and for the people. One of the numerous problems that have worked against democracy in Nigeria is electoral malpractices. 

Nigeria’s democracy in the past was on a good platform with the existence of democratic institutions, active civil society organizations and a good and critical mass media. But it is necessary to mention that Nigeria this present day have been unable to conduct and attain free and fair elections.

In the contemporary world, elections have become the most acceptable means of changing leadership in any given political system. It is the conduct of free and fair electoral process that justifies a government to be referred to as democratic one because the authority of the government is derived from the citizens.

The integrity of the electoral system is a major issue facing democratic governance in Nigeria. Currently, elections in the country are held under the 2015 Electoral Act and from the conduct of the last general election, 2019, there is a pressing need for a reform. Thus, Electoral reform remains a pressing challenge for democratic governance.

Thus various questions easily come to mind, how can the electoral process be strengthened by our electoral laws through reform? What can Nigeria learn from other developed nations while conducting their elections?

These questions and challenges of achieving democracy in Nigeria through a reformed electoral process would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Monday, 26th August 2019

Time:  15.30 – 17.00

Venue: Pats - Ocholonu Hall, Harbour Point (Tent 2)


Moderator: May Mbu-Agbamuche (Director, INEC)

Panelists:     Clement Nwankwo

Dr Onyinyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, OON

Jude Ilo

Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi

Dr. Isa Ali Pantami