Improving Elections in Nigeria: Lessons from 2011 and Looking to 2015
Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, Hon. Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission
Chair: Meg Hillier MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria
The relative success of the 2011 electoral process won Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission new respect within Nigeria and among the international community. Although the 2011 elections are widely regarded as the most credible held in Nigeria since its return to civilian rule in 1999, they were still marred by irregularities and violence, in particular the post-election violence that erupted in the north of the country in which more than 800 lives were lost.
Professor Jega became Chair of INEC in June 2010, less than a year before presidential, parliamentary and gubernatorial elections. At this event he will reflect on the successes and problems of the 2011 process, the lessons learned and outstanding systemic challenges as he looks to the 2015 elections.