Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Insurgency, Fraud Pose Rsks For Credible Nigerian Election

  As Nigeria's next general elections draw closer, Reuters reporters looks at the effects of Insurgency and Fraud in the forth-coming elections.

  According to Reuters, Nigeria has made an effort to clean up voter registration for elections next February, but holding a credible poll is a daunting prospect amid chaotic distribution of ballot cards and an Islamist insurgency that could disenfranchise millions.

The race largely between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari on Feb. 14 is expected to be Nigeria's most closely fought since the end of military rule in 1999, which will encourage both to play dirty.

Nigeria's last presidential poll in 2011 was deemed the cleanest to date in Africa's most populous nation, but since previous elections had been characterized by ballot box snatching, intimidation of voters by armed thugs and completely made up results, this was a modest achievement.

A violent Islamist Boko Haram insurgency that has killed thousands will make voting almost impossible in swathes of the northeast, possibly disenfranchising millions.

New technology, such as biometric I.D. card readers, should make ballot box stuffing harder. But glitches have caused hundreds of thousands of voters to be struck out.
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