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What Does The Nigerian Elections Mean For You? Join the Discussion with Jump Africa

What Does The Nigerian Elections Mean For You? Join the Discussion with Jump Africa

Nigeria is set to take a big step forward in its democratic process on Saturday, March 23. The nation will vote in general elections, the first in nearly two years as well as the first since the end of military rule. In May 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari came to power with a pledge to fight endemic corruption and Boko Haram insurgency. Now almost two years later, Nigeria’s once-favorite child has become its scapegoat. The general public is critical of the president’s performance on various fronts and it is expected that this sentiment will be reflected at the ballot box in March – but what does this mean for you? Join the discussion on what these elections mean for you and how they could impact your future...

 

What’s at stake?

As always, a lot is at stake with these elections. With President Buhari’s term coming to an end, the next president will be a key player in helping to shape the course of the nation and the region for many years to come. For many, the elections are also a chance to make their voices heard in a country where many feel that their opinions do not matter. For example, only about 10% of the country’s population is expected to vote in the presidential elections, as voting participation in the country has historically been low. Voting is not compulsory in Nigeria, which means that citizens are not required to vote and can decide whether or not to cast their ballots. However, the country’ s democratic process is generally considered to be fragile. With this in mind, the elections could be a chance for citizens to make their voices heard in a constructive and peaceful way.

 

The state of Nigeria’s democracy

A lot of people believe that the Nigerian democracy is failing, and the elections have only added fuel to the fire. The country is still being ruled under a state of emergency declared by the president in May 2017. The emergency decree, which was supposed to be in place only for six months, has been renewed ever since. This has been particularly controversial as many feel that the president is abusing his power, and that the country’s constitution is being ignored. The government has been criticized for the way it has conducted the elections: The electoral commission has been accused of rigging and fraud, and people fear the results might not reflect the real voting choice. The elections are being held under a lot of tension and fear, with many citizens worried that the polls might turn violent. Even if the elections go peacefully, it’s difficult to predict what will happen next.

 

Who are the candidates?

Nigeria’s elections feature many candidates for all levels of government. There are hundreds of candidates running for president and vice president as well as thousands running for seats in the lower house of Congress and Senate. While only two candidates are competing for president – incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, who is representing the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Atiku Abubakar, who is representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – many are competing for seats in the other levels of government. The elections have been criticized for being too crowded with candidates. Some people have even joked that the current elections are so crowded that the candidates can barely fit on the ballot paper. The elections have also been criticized for being too complicated and confusing to understand.

 

What is being voted on?

Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections: The president and vice president are being voted on for the next term. These are the two highest positions in the country. Senate Elections: Senate seats are also being voted on, as every two years there’s an election for one-third of the seats in the Senate. House of Representatives Elections: There are 431 seats in the House of Representatives, and these are being voted on as well. Gubernatorial Elections: There are 36 state governors in Nigeria, and these are also being voted on.

 

Could this be Nigeria’s last election?

This is a very real possibility, and many are worried that the elections could be Nigeria’s last. The general public is extremely critical of the president’s performance on various fronts, and it is expected that this sentiment will be reflected at the ballot box in March. President Buhari is said to be extremely unpopular, and many people are looking for him to lose the election. These elections are critical for the future of Nigeria. The next president will have a chance to shape the country for many years to come, and will be expected to address many of the problems that have plagued the nation for years. If Buhari loses the election, many believe that Nigeria could be plunged into a period of instability in which there is no legitimate leader in charge of the country. Furthermore, there is a chance that this could mean the end of the country’s democratic government and the end of elections in the country.

 

Wrapping up: Will these elections mean anything?

These elections could mean a lot to the future of Nigeria. While the candidates have exchanged many heated words, experts believe that there is a chance that the newly elected president could work together with Buhari to get the country back on track. If Buhari wins the elections and the opposition wins the elections too, the two could work together to get the country back on track and solve the issues that have plagued the nation for years. However, many are skeptical as to whether or not anything will change. This election is critical and could be a chance for Nigeria to take a big step forward. However, the only thing certain about these elections is that they will mark the end of an era.

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