Nigeria kick-start Election Campaign
Nigeria’s elections for president and the National Assembly started on Wednesday, September 28.
Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 says that a public campaign by all political parties “begins 150 days before polling day [Editor’s note: Sept. 28] and ends 24 hours before that day.”
On September 20, the Commission released the final list of candidates for the Presidential, Senatorial, and House of Representatives elections, as required by Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and the Commission’s Timetable and Schedule of Activities.
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18 people are running to be the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after Mohammadu Buhari.
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, announced on Tuesday that 18 people are running for president, but only one of them is a woman.
On October 12, the campaigns for governor and State Houses of Assembly will begin.
On September 1, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) spoke at a meeting put on by the Centre for Democracy and Development. He asked, “all political parties and candidates to focus on issue-based campaigns.”
Mahmood Yakubu said, “This is the best way to add to our efforts to make sure elections are fair and that only the votes cast by citizens decide who wins.”
Challenges to come
The commission in charge of elections thought that 95 million people would vote in the February election. Many of the more than 200 million people who live in the country with the most people in Africa are having a hard time because of security and economic problems.
Nigeria is one of the top oil producers on the African continent, but the latest government statistics show that it has a 33% unemployment rate and a 40% poverty rate.
The country has also had to deal with an uprising by Islamic extremist rebels in the northeast and armed violence that is spreading through parts of the northwest and southeast.