Nigeria’s 2019 polls: The good, the bad and the ugly

AHEAD of this year’s general elections, I wrote a piece in this column, entitled “Nigeria must pass seven basic tests of credible polls” (Vanguard, January 10, 2019). Drawing on Denis and Ian Derbyshire’s work in Political Systems of the World, I stated that, to be truly free and democratic, elections must not involve voter intimidation, vote-buying, vote-miscounting or the abuse of incumbency, such as the militarisation of the polls or the intimidation of opponents. Thus, for the 2019 elections to be considered free, fair, transparent and peaceful – and credible – Nigeria, I stressed, must adhere to the universal standards. So, time to ask: Did this year’s general election pass the credibility test?