Concerns Over Postponement of the General Elections

International observers have expressed concerns following the postponement of the 2015 Nigerian General Elections from 14th and 28th February to 28th March and April 11th respectively by Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC). Firstly, it is important to state that section 26 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) empowers INEC to postpone elections where there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the…

NABRO Bill Passes Second Reading in Senate

The Senate at its sitting on Wednesday, February 26th, 2015 consolidated and passed the Bill for an Act to Establish an Independent National Assembly Budget and Research Office, (NABRO). The Bill provides for the creation of an independent unbiased and non-partisan office to carry out an analysis of national budget estimates. The Senate bill which had earlier been presented for first reading on the 20th…

Political Violence: The Boiling Point of Nigeria’s Democratic Experience

The recent attack on the APC rally on 17th February 2015 in Okrika, Rivers State has brought the issue of political violence once more, to the forefront of electoral discussions. In the aforementioned APC rally in the National School Field in Rivers State, unidentified assailants set off 3 explosive devices leading to the death of a policeman and scores of people injured. Interestingly, the APC…