Results and Reviews
This blog has been a veritable resource and guide to the Nigerian elections in April 2011, I have consistently updated this blog and add other bits of information as the election season wound down bringing together the election reviews and results from various sources.
All outstanding elections have now been concluded and those with grievances are now at liberty to file their claims with the election tribunals to seek redress or resolution.
The INEC Nigeria homepage offers a summary of the validated results of the elections.
Home : Nigeria Election Coalition presents an another analysis of the results announced.
The provisions for electoral petitions
The Electoral Act 2010 provides for the resolution of electoral petitions, these can be found in PART VIII – DETERMINATION OF ELECTION PETITIONS ARISING FROM ELECTIONS this starts from Section 133 or Page 45 according to the pagination of the PDF file.
Electoral Act 2010 as gazetted [PDF File].
Petitions should be filed within 21 days of the declaration of the results, the tribunal should deliver its judgement within 180 days of the filing of that petition and appeals for the tribunal process must be exhausted with 90 days of the judgement.
Election petitions take precedence over all other case files before the tribunal or court according to Section 142 of this Act.
No hard time-limits are placed on the complete resolution of petitions all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
The election timetables, postponements and rescheduling
This primer started as a collation of information bits posted by the @INECNigeria Twitter Account, it has been regularly updated to reflect changes during the April 2011 election season though the most of the original parts of this posting appear below.
New election dates announced on the 3rd of April, 2011, further postponements announced on the 7th of April, 2011 for certain Senatorial Districts and Federal Constituencies
National Assembly Elections – Saturday, 9th of April, 2011 (15 Senators and 48 Representatives will not be elected on this day.)
Visit Nigeria: #NigeriaDecides Election Review III – Who votes on Saturday for more information.
Presidential Elections – Saturday, 16th of April, 2011
Gubernatorial and State Legislature Elections – Tuesday, 26th of April, 2011 (The Senators and Representatives not scheduled for election on the 9th of April will be elected on this day.)
Rescheduled Gubernatorial and State Legislature Elections – Thursday, 28th of April, 2011 (For Kaduna State & Bauchi States because of security reasons borne of post-election violence after the Presidential Elections.)
Supplemental elections held in 4 local government areas and one ward in Imo State to resolved the inconclusive situation – Friday, 6th of May, 2011.
INEC engaging social media
The @inecnigeria Twitter account finally came alive with activity last week with useful information about the elections to be conducted in Nigeria in the month of April 2011.
Through the series of tweets posted and my comments this blog will attempt to give a general idea of what to expect during those elections.
@inecnigeria At INEC, we are working round the clock to ensure a smooth delivery of a free and fair election to the people of Nigeria.
@inecnigeria INEC is doing its best as an Election Management Body (EMB) to restore confidence and provide a level playing field in Nigeria.
We as Nigerians expect no less from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) it is our hope that the elections are conducted and results announced that reflect the express wishes and majority voice of Nigeria.
The Timetable [Source]
The National Assembly Elections will hold on Saturday, the 9th of April, 2011. This pertains to the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives that meet in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja unfortunately, the listed URL on the INEC Nigeria website does not link to the lists. [The URLs are now working.]
The Presidential elections will hold on Saturday, the 16th of April, 2011. The list of presidential office aspirants can be found here.
The gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections will hold on Tuesday, the 26th of April, 2011.
At the writing of this blog the list for those running for State Houses of Assembly was not yet available but I will make that available as soon as I can.
Movement restrictions on voting day
In order to ensure that the voting in 2011 is seen as free and fair, it is probably going to be a full day exercise with full voter participation but a number of things need to be known.
Movement will be very restricted on election days which means voters must be close to locations where they registered to be able to vote. Students who registered at their schools would have to be in residence to vote at those locations and those who travelled to their villages from their locations of residence to register would have to make certain that they are back in their villages for voting before election days.
@inecnigeria It is important to reiterate that movement during elections will be restricted to only those on official election duty.
@inecnigeria Voters are therefore advised to start their day (on election days) close to their polling units to avoid being disenfranchised.
@inecnigeria #INEC. Governors and other officials not allowed to move around with armed detail on election day.
@inecnigeria Governors, other public office holders have been advised to come, vote and go back home. No reason for “monitoring”. #INEC
@inecnigeria Movement restrictions will be enforced by security agencies nationwide for public safety & to preserve integrity of election materials.
Monitoring is now part of our civic responsibility Nigeria: ReVoDa – Making Your Votes Count
Protocols for elections
There is an accreditation process and a voting process on the day of the elections. Voters are to arrive at 8:00AM at their respective polling units to be accredited and this continues until 12 noon prompt.
It is the most important part of the electioneering process because it validates the eligibility of the voter to vote and this I believe is verifying registration, identification and the matching fingerprints.
@inecnigeria Voters must be at their respective polling booth at 8am for accreditation. Accreditation is a prerequisite for voting.
@inecnigeria Accreditation begins at 8am and ends at 12 noon prompt. It is the most important process in voting during the elections.
@inecnigeria Voting procedure will be ‘Open Ballot System’ (similar to what was used during 1993 elections)
Protecting your votes
Voters will be allowed to wait around after voting to ensure their votes are counted and tallied freely, fairly, transparently and without interference. They are allowed to take their mobile phones into polling units, record events and make use of the ReVoDa  monitoring process.
No one in political office or contesting elections is allowed to monitor elections, they are to vote and leave the environs of the polling units.
The list of accredited election monitors appears here .
@inecnigeria Results will be nullified if the total votes cast exceed the total number of accredited voters.
Most of the information about the conduct of elections, the candidates and guidelines can be found on this page .
Trawling through the INEC Nigeria website is a nightmare, the placing of information is not consistent, the quality of data is badly processed with some information that should be in tables provided as downloadable files in some cases you have to rely on the pot-luck of the latest news column of 3 items to get the information required because the user experience is appallingly unprofessional.
I was frustrated when I started writing this blog hours ago that I stopped, but this not before I had posted some rather scathing remarks about the website. I can now report that amazing improvements have been made to get at the necessary detail in use on this blog.
After the elections on the 16th of April the INEC Nigeria website was again revamped making results even more accessible, the organisation has consistently improved on the quality of their service and information dissemination.
Sources National Mirror – INEC adopts modified open ballot system.  ReVoDa: making voting social and protecting your democracy  Accredited Domestic Observer Groups/Organisations for the 2011 April General Elections  Reports: INEC Nigeria