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.