ASO ROCK 2015: How the Winner will Emmerge

How the electoral system works for the Nigerian Presidential Election

With INEC’s promise of a clean and fair election with all 14 candidates signing a binding ‘non-violent & credible election‘ agreement, the 2015

Presidential election will go down in Nigeria’s political history as the most keenly contested one since democracy returned in 1999.

The presidential candidate with the most votes as well as gains at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds (24 states) of Nigeria’s 36 states, is declared the winner by INEC

Once votes have been counted, the results from each polling unit (PU) will be uploaded to the electoral commission’s website. INEC says it expects to announce the final results within 48 hours.

If none of the presidential candidates fail to meet the criteria mentioned above i.e. the candidate with the highest votes does not have the required vote spread in Nigeria and no clear winner is produced, a run-off election is conducted between the 2 closest candidates. Victory in a run-off election is by simple majority. The law states a run-off election must be held within seven days which INEC has said it is doubtful if a run-off vote could be organized in a week.


Godspower Oshodin

Godspower Oshodin is the CEO of Solution Media Global Limited, Media Entrepreneur, Writer, Poet, Speaker, Author, United Nations Volunteer, President of Nigeria Bloggers Forum, Founder of Naija Gist and Gossips, and Co-Author of 'Global Seal of Integrity'.

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