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What Adeleke's case means for Nigeria

Governance - 28 JAN 2023

What Adeleke's case means for Nigeria

Osun's election tribunal sacked Adeleke as governor. We highlight what this means for different stakeholders in the Nigerian election cycle.

Presidential candidates for 2023 general elections

Governance - 24 JAN 2023

Presidential candidates for 2023 general elections

Here are the features and qualifications of 2023 presidential candidates for Nigeria's general elections.

Basic qualifications for elections in Nigeria

Governance - 16 JAN 2023

Basic qualifications for elections in Nigeria

Basic qualifications for elections in Nigeria.

2023 election timetable and schedule of activities

Governance - 16 JAN 2023

2023 election timetable and schedule of activities

Here is how INEC will conduct the 2023 elections.

Will INEC postpone the 2023 elections?

Governance - 10 JAN 2023

Will INEC postpone the 2023 elections?

What reasons will allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone an election?

Why does Obasanjo’s endorsement of Peter Obi matter?

Governance - 05 JAN 2023

Why does Obasanjo’s endorsement of Peter Obi matter?

Why does Obasanjo’s endorsement of Peter Obi matter?

What determines voter turnout?

Governance - 22 DEC 2022

What determines voter turnout?

Unpacking how to determine voter turnout in Nigeria and why it is important.

Why does INEC have to close the voter registration process?

Governance - 21 DEC 2022

Why does INEC have to close the voter registration process?

We unveil why Nigeria's voter registration process needs to close.

What is an electoral act?

Governance - 20 DEC 2022

What is an electoral act?

We look at the conditions that inform an electoral act in Nigeria.

What does the Electoral Act say about election spending?

Governance - 19 DEC 2022

What does the Electoral Act say about election spending?

Per the Electoral Act, INEC has the power to determine election expenses. We break down what the new laws are about.

What leads to an off-cycle election in Nigeria?

Governance - 15 DEC 2022

What leads to an off-cycle election in Nigeria?

Off-cycle elections primarily deviate from the general election cycle (marked by a quadrennial presidential election).

Can the INEC chair be replaced close to the election?

Governance - 14 DEC 2022

Can the INEC chair be replaced close to the election?

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, is rumoured to be replaced. How possible is this potential removal?

What happens if a presidential candidate dies?

Governance - 13 DEC 2022

What happens if a presidential candidate dies?

In 2015 the APC Kogi Governorship nominee died after the elections ended. The constitution has a way to resolve such issues.

What is a run-off election and how would it happen in Nigeria?

Governance - 12 DEC 2022

What is a run-off election and how would it happen in Nigeria?

How a run-off election would happen in Nigeria.