In Nigeria, the fourth of five elections to return the country to civilian rule was held on Saturday (28 July), when nineteen constituencies went to the polls to choose state governors.
In Nigeria, the fourth of five elections to return the country to civilian rule was held on Saturday (28 July), when nineteen constituencies went to the polls to choose state governors. Elections have already been held for members of the Senate of House of Representatives and members to the state houses of assembly. The final elections-- to choose a President -- will be held on the eleventh of August.
SYNOPSIS: It's bene a month of elections for Nigerians -- the first since the military takeover 1996. The new Nigerian federal constitution is designed to balance power between the nineteen federal states and a federal government, and between an executive President, a two-chamber legislative and an independent judiciary.
All five parties fielded candidates for the governorships. Here at a poll in a Lagos suburb, voters choose between candidates from the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), the Nigerian's People's Party (NPP), the great Nigeria People's Party and the People's Redemption Party. Alhaji Jakande, the Unity Party's candidate for governor cast his ballot along with other voters.
The Unity Party have been running second to the National Party of Nigeria in most of the results so far -- but the NPN have not gained an absolute majority. About forty-eight million people are to vote. Mr. Jakande's UPN is one of four parties currently negotiating an alliance to try and prevent the NPN from winning the presidential election. Meeting between the UPN, the NPP, the PRP, and the GNPP were held at the weekend (27-28 July) to try and find a joint candidate to run against the NPN's presidential candidate. The newly elected officials-- including the governors chosen on Saturday -- will take office in October.