The 2011 Elections in Nigeria

The Nordic Africa Institute library staff has compiled this web dossier to coincide with the increased interest in the topic of the 2011 elections in Nigeria.

Literature in the library

Use the quick links below to locate titles dealing with topics of interest in the library catalogue, AfricaLit. The lists consist of literature - books and articles - in the form of fiction, non-fiction/factual information and official publications, as well as of other material.

Useful keywords

The library suggests the following keywords when searching the library catalogue: Nigeria and democracy, elections, electoral systems, parliament, political behaviour, political participation, political parties, politicians, politics, presidency, voting.

Web links

This is a selection of websites dealing with the elections in Nigeria at the beginning of April 2011. Many more items are available online on websites and in discussion forums. More links to related websites can be found in the link collection A Guide to Africa on the Internet.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria

INEC is the main agent of democracy in Nigeria. INEC a permanent body created by the constitution to organize Federal and state elections in Nigeria.

Electoral act 2010

This Act repeals the Electoral Act No.2, 2006 and Independent National Electoral Commission Act, Cap. 15, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enacts the Electoral Act, 2010 to regulate the conduct of Federal, State and Area Council elections.

2010_Electoral_Act (National assembly). (pdf)

The website of Prof. Bolaji Aluko, past chair of Chemical Engineering at Howard University in Washington, DC, and president of the Nigerian Democratic Movement (NDM) serves as a platform to inform and to discuss Nigerian politics.

Selected articles, book chapters and reports

"Nigeria warned over rise in pre-election violence" (18 March 2011) at the website of Amnesty International,

"A three-way contest. As elections loom, a line-up of leading candidates takes shape",  (10 March 2011) published in The Economist,

"Party politics and the 2011 elections" by Akintokunbo Adejumo, (15 February 2011), published at the blog Nigerian Muse,

"Nigeria : elections 2011" by Ejiro Barrett ...In: New African (London). 2045 (January 2011) 502, p. 35-45.

"Electoral violence in Nigeria" by John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations, 2010. - 11 s,

"A study of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria" by Jibrin Ibrahim ; Dauda Garuba., Codesria, 2010,

"Final report" by the Independent Electoral Assessment Team. (Nigeria) 2010, (pdf)

"Nigeria 2009" by Heinrich Bergstresser, p. 157-172. In: Africa Yearbook (Leiden) vol. 6, 2009.

"Vote Buying and Violence in Nigerian Election Campaigns" by Bratton Michaels, Afrobarometer Working Papers 99 (2008), (pdf)

"Post-military transition in Nigeria or democracy on trial? Critical reflections", by Cyril Obi (2008) p. 323-353 In: The African search for stable forms of statehood : essays in political criticism / ed. by Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o.

"Nigeria’s Post-Military Transition : 'Democracy is not a Day’s Job'" by Cyril Obi (1 Dec. 2008), published at e-International Relations (e-IR) website,


Nigeria: Politics at a pivotal moment (analysis), published at, by Peter M. Lewis, 14 March, 2011,

Spotlight : Nigeria votes 2011, from,

Nigeria : Civil society group flays political parties on election code of conduct. Daily Independent (Nigeria), published at, 14 March 2011,

Latest articles on the election in Nigeria from different news sources,
In: Google News

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