General elections were held in nigeria on 28 and 29 march 2015, the fifth quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999. With ifes engaged in historic elections around the globe and major organizational developments, 2015 was a busy and productive year. The inec, inaugurated in 1998, has since inception encountered so many controversies and predicaments in the run up to elections in the country, most notably the. Inec not ready for elections as claimed channels television. On 15 january 2015 the conference of presidents of the european. The elections were first scheduled to be held on 14 february 2015. It stores voters information such as bio data, bio metrics and facial image. There is a wide variety of different voting systems that are based on traditional paper ballots, mechanical devices, or electronic ballots 2, 3. Political capital was diverted in a similar way, as jonathans campaign troubles became increasingly obvious. Although inec was applauded for organizing broadly credible elections in 2015, some respon dents expressed concerns that the commissions progress may not be sustained in 2019. In 2011, the federal republic of nigeria held presidential and parliamentary elections which were widely deemed successful by international standards. Manual for election officials provides that accreditation shall be conducted between.
Inec expressed its confidence in organizing the 2019 elections under the existing legal framework. In exercise of the powers conferred by the constitution of the federal republic of nigeria 1999 as amended and the electoral act 2010 as amended, the independent national electoral commission inec herein referred to as the commission issues the following regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections general. Towards the 2015 general elections in nigeria wilson center. Muhannadu buhari rtd of the all progressive congress as the president of the federal republic of nigeria. The independent national electoral commission inec has fixed february 14, 2015 for next years presidential and national assembly elections. The manual and approved guidelines form an integral part of law and regulations for the conduct of election and inec officials must scrupulously and dutifully comply with it. The manual for election officials 2015 spells out the duties of personnel involved in the conduct of elections in nigeria. Election division performs many election related tasks to assist the secretary of state and the indiana election commission, including campaign finance, candidate filings and certification of election results. Election update b pollingparty agents shall comply with lawful directive issued by or under the authority of the commission or its officials including directive to leave the polling unit or collation centre, when and where ever necessary. Regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections.
Election is the process of choosing a candidate for public office. On elections day, the guyana elections commission gecom will have a cohort of staff that must be present in every polling station to effectively and efficiently manage the conduct of the general and regional election. The 2015 election was adjudged the most credible, free and fair election since the return of democracy in 1999. Jega said the two candidates fulfilled the requirement of the law regarding satisfying a. This officials manual is intended to fulfill the requirements of the law by providing comprehensive instructions and procedures for election officials to look to for guidance in conducting elections in north dakota after september 24, 2018. However, the postelection violence that erupted after the results were announced indicated societal rifts that may pose challenges for africas most populous country and the importance of beginning preparations for the 2015 election immediately. Elections in wisconsin are conducted at the local level. As such, nigerias returned to democratic rule and engagement with the democratic process led to the conduct of its general elections in. Inec in the 2015 general elections in ibadan southeast local government. By adewale kupoluyi now that the next general elections is about a year to go, there is the need to consider a few points that are germane to the exercise so that at the end of the day, the process which is supposed to be a means to an end in electing good leaders that would bring about good governance and a better nation is not truncated. The independent national electoral commission inec, set up in 1998, is the electoral body which was set up to oversee elections in nigeria. Responsibility falls on election officials to ensure that every election is conducted in a. In the governorship election results, apc, won in 18 states and pdp won in only 7 states with 4 states inconclusive at the time of writing this paper.
The independent national electoral commission inec was established by the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of nigeria to among other things organize elections into various political offices in the country. Independent national electoral commission inec manual for election officials 2015 pdf military. Guidelines for political rallies and campaigns inec nigeria. On may 11, 2015, the gecom staff present at all polling stations will consist of a presiding officer, assistant presiding officer, poll clerk, ballot clerk, and an information. Independent national electoral commission wikipedia. We worked with national election management bodies, partner organizations, other electoral stakeholders and citizens to ensure a vote for every voice. Impacts of card reader machine in the 2015 general. Inec explains az about electronic card readers thewill. Ms elisabeth jeggle, chair of the european parliament election. If a member of the election board fails to appear for the opening of the polls, the remainder of the board shall select an individual to serve. The independent national electoral commission in nigeria inec has announced a shift in the general elections dates to march 28 and april 11. Nigeria 2015, manual for election officials, independent national electoral. The functions of inec as contained in section 15, part 1 of the third schedule of the 1999 constitution as amended and section.
Voters elected the president and members to the house of representatives and the senate. Yesterday, i received by mail as i had also received for the 2011 elections, a 427. Inec postpones 2015 general elections premium times nigeria. Concerns about nigerias ability to hold a peaceful general election in 2015 have characterised the work of governance, peace and security sector practitioners and. Inec releases guidelines for conduct of 2019 general elections. The independent national electoral commission inec too, has guidelines and procedures including a manual for election officials 2015. The role of the presiding officer and team on elections. The incumbent president, goodluck jonathan sought his second and final term. Precinct officers manual usa elections canada extract from poll workers manual ifes precinct election handbook. The role of the independent national electoral commission.
Nigeria presidential and national assembly elections the. When you read an indiana election division publication such as this 2015 election administrators manual, it is the product. The independent national electoral commission has announced a shift in the 2015 general election earlier scheduled for february 14 and 28. Inec will exercise its authority specified under section 52 of the 2015 amendment to the electoral act 2010 to issue election guidelines. The nigerian 2015 general elections witnessed the use of. On thursday, february 5, 2015, i was invited to brief the national council of state, which is the highest advisory to the president comprising past and present leaders in nigeria, on the level of preparedness of inec to conduct the 2015 general elections. Inec regulatory guidelines and the manual for election officials include a. Electoral act 2011 as amended and the manual of election officials 2014 and the constitution of the federal republic of nigeria 1999 as amended. Inec rescheduled voting until sunday 12th in areas where it retained election materials but no election. Election day manual for wisconsin election officials. His administration was inaugurated on may 29, 2015. Full inec chairmans statement on 2015 election schedule. In order to determine whether a system performs these tasks well, it is.
Apart from casting vote for the candidate in secret, to protect hisher choice and preference, all other aspects of the elections are conducted in the open, in line with specific procedures. Inec lga offices the independent national electoral commission inec was established by the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of nigeria to among other things organize elections into various political offices in the country. The claims by the independent national electoral commission inec in nigeria that it is ready for the elections has been dismissed by a member of the postelection violence committee set up by. In order to save their own prospects, many northern pdp aspirants began to campaign openly for sama tsintsiya, kasa lema vote buhari for president, but for me locally. For the first time in nigerias electoral history, electronic voter authentication system, with the aid of smart card readers, is being deployed for the 2015 general elections. A framework for electronic voting in nigeria semantic scholar. Systemic evaluation of semielectronic voting system. Independent national electoral commission inec, have declared that the 2015 general elections, will be more credible with the use of permanent voters card pvcs. Regulations and guidelines, the election manual and any other. Foreword training of election officials is not only critical, but also central to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections. Inec chairman, mahmood yakubu the independent national electoral commission inec on monday released the regulations and guidelines for the conduct of the general elections. The elections will be conducted by nigerias election management body, the independent national electoral commission inec. Regulations and guidelines, the election manual and any other guide issued by the commission.
Introduction a system is said to be democratic in nature if, it permits only eligible voters to vote and it ensures that each eligible voter can vote only once. This is to give inec more time to focus on the election. Election officials manual ghana ace electoral knowledge. Election is a critical component of any democratic society. Announcing the postponement at a press conference in. Adebowale olorunmola, noted that the cost of the 2015 election was higher than that of 2011. Public confidence in nigerias independent national electoral commission inec is mixed. The 2015 general elections conducted by independent national electoral commission inec resulted in the election of gen. Pursuant to the powers conferred on the independent national electoral commission inec herewith referred to as the commission by section 15 a 1 of the third schedule to the constitution of the federal republic of nigeria, 1999 and section 26 1 of the electoral act 2010 as amended, the commission hereby issu. The pvcs is also reffered to as smart card or voters id card. Once configured, the card reader can only read permanent voter cards pvcs issued by the independent national electoral commission inec. He further tendered the manual for election officials 2015 admitted in evidence and marked as exhibit x. Inec has been hampered by the slow passage of the electoral act of 2006, which only entered into law on june 22, 2006.303 426 429 1427 1291 556 942 690 146 1524 362 673 558 832 18 382 467 771 1571 187 1394 106 554 1023 61 454 131 645 185 1021 749 1438 1391 1347 167 390 624 554 291