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Title:Was the June 12, 1993 presidential election in Nigeria free and fair?
Author:Mohammed, Abubakar SiddiqueISNI
Periodical:Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences
Geographic term:Nigeria
presidential elections
Abstract:There are six aspects of an election which determine whether or not it is democratic, free and fair. These have to do with the composition of the electorate, the formation and control of the political parties putting up candidates, the nomination of the candidates, the election campaign, the polling, counting and recording of votes and the announcement of the results, and the way the judicial system handles election petitions. Examination of these aspects in relation to the June 12, 1993, presidential election in Nigeria indicates that this election was neither free nor fair. The fact that the results were annulled by the military regime of General Babangida cannot by itself make the election free and fair. The only inference that one can draw is that a conspiracy to install Chief M.L.O. Abiola as president was, at the last minute, aborted by General Babangida and others. Those now campaigning for the 'actualization of the June 12 election' refuse to acknowledge that 79 percent of the registered voters did not vote for Chief Abiola. The election does not provide Chief Abiola with a special mandate to rule Nigeria, irrespective of time, of laws and of the constitution. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]