Five Truths About the Nigerian Presidential Election
The recently conducted Nigerian presidential election has revealed several truths about the country’s electoral system.
Firstly, no hegemonic party can emerge in a credible election in Nigeria.
Secondly, there is always some level of fraud in Nigerian elections, which causes voter discontent.
Thirdly, voter suppression is a significant problem, as a large number of registered voters did not turn out for the election.
Fourthly, the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was guilty of eroding the credibility of the election by proposing an integrity test for the elections (the INEC Result Viewing Portal, or IReV) and failing to deliver on it.
Finally, vote buying occurred during the election, even though citizens were denied access to their own money.
These issues have led to several candidates contesting the election results and calling for accountability for those who organized violence and electoral fraud.