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After Collection, How Will Nigerians exploit the PVC?

Apart from giving Nigerian citizens the power to vote, owning a PVC comes with additional perks, such as having a valid ID to open a bank account, retrieve a sim card, or as a requirement for eligibility in politics.

The Permanent Voter Card (PVC) is recognized by many as an object carrying the power for change. It is sign of the capacity for choice and the catalyst for deciding who is in power. But according to Joel Ademisoye, an Adjunct Professor of Geography at the University of the District of Columbia and Bowie State […]

To Ensure Free, Fair and Just elections in Nigeria, Impunity Must Be Stopped

The slow administration of Justice aids impunity in Nigeria. And this is one of the reasons violent conflicts are entrenched in various parts of the country.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines impunity as “exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action.” Impunity could also mean freedom from punishment or omission of punishment. It denotes a situation where a person or group of persons engage in an action that may be injurious to some people or group but […]

When Prisoners Get the Right to Vote, What Will They Do With it?

Felony disenfranchisement is considered a violation of human rights in some countries. Before now, this didn't apply in Nigeria, but in 2014, Justice Mohammed Lima of the Federal high court sitting in Benin affirmed the right of prisoners to vote.

With 2019 around the corner, Nigerian citizens in both urban and rural areas are already bracing up for the February 16 general elections. A peculiar thing about this election, however, is the possibility of prisoners having a say, as plans for prisoners to vote is underway. Currently, there are 240 prison institutions spread across Nigeria […]

How Nigerian Elections Democratize Violence

As violent conflicts proliferate across the country, it has several implications for overall security and the 2019 elections.

“Elections 2015: Solider, three others killed in Rivers” was the headline on a National Newspaper in Nigeria after the 2015 general elections. This type of violence had become the norm for elections in Africa’s most populous country. Nigeria has had a checkered history with violence during its elections. Since the 1964 Federal Elections, where politicians […]

The Fracturing Foundations of Nigeria's Ruling Party

Are the crises in the grassroots level of Nigeria's ruling party, All Progressives Congress, indicative of anything beyond its own disfunction, or do they have any bearing on the coming general elections?

When the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed in 2013 from the union of Congress for Progressive Change, Action Congress of Nigeria, All Nigeria People’s Party and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance, the general consensus was that they had come to save Nigeria from the bloated ruling party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The […]

Organised crime in the Niger Delta and its implications for 2019

The aftermath of the 2015 presidential elections represented one of the most violent periods in the Niger Delta since the end of the 2009 militancy. This has had lasting implications for communities and businesses alike. Now, looking forward to the 2019 elections in the region, the stakes for violence and their impacts remain high.

A 1975 UN definition of organized crime says it is “…large scale and complex criminal activity carried on by groups of persons, however loosely or tightly organized, for the enrichment of those participating and at the expense of the community and its members.” In addition, organized crime networks have generally been known to “… employ violence […]

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