Nigeria military took over the affairs of the country in February 2010 and promised of restoring democracy. That was the fourth time a military coup had occurred in the country. However, as promised, the military leaders had held a series of referendums are brought and the first round of Presidential election was held on January 31, 2011. Mahamadou Issoufou came in the first place after the first round. Hama Amadou, the third place candidate is supporting Issoufou hence making him stronger to face the 2nd position winner Seini Oumarou in the run-off.
Nigeria Political Parties
- Accord Party
- Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)
- All Nigeria People Party (ANPP)
- Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
- Labour Party
- People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Nigeria in 2011
- During January 2011, voter registration drive is taken at schools belonging to the poor sparing the rich children who can still go to schools, according to media reports. This shows a disparity in the treatment given to the rich and poor in Nigeria.
- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) acquired 132,000 units of data capturing machine for the 2011 voter registration spending N34.4 billion. Nigeria is working towards manufacturing its own electronic voting machines by 2015. These will be engineered by the Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited, NIGCOMSAT.
- On February 6, 2011, INEC releases the lists of the candidates deemed to be eligible for the April 2011 elections. The list sent to the state offices.
- February 11, 2011: INEC says 63, 981,460 Nigerians have been registered for the April 2011 general elections.
- February 13, 2011: 11 die and over a dozen injured in election rally stampede at the soccer stadium in Port Harcourt where President Goodluck Jonathan spoke.
- February 14, 2011: Delegation of British Government led by Mr Henry Bellingham, the British Under Secretary of State (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) and the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Andrew Lloyd meets INEC Chair Attahiru Jega. Jega announces around 66 million voters are registered to upcoming elections. Political parties would be asked to sign on Code of conduct before elections.
- February 15, 2011: Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) says only Nigerians and not the INEC can make the forthcoming general elections credible. INEC can only provide polling centres and materials for voting, TMG said.
- February 24, 2011: INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega says security is the greatest concern for the upcoming election.
- March 1, 2011: INEC begins receiving election material. About 27 chartered flights have freight the materials included 500 million ballot papers, ballot boxes and some non-sensitive election materials mostly from China, South Africa and other unnamed countries.
- May 17, 2011: About 800 Nigerians were killed in post-2011 election-related and communal violence in northern parts of the country
Elections Timeline 2011
- January 31, 2011: Last date for the submission of nomination forms for candidates
- February 5, 2011: Voter registrations for the April General Elections is completed.
- April 2011: General Elections