Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا


A study of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria

A study of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria. CODESRIA Research Reports, No. 1, 2010, Governance and Institution-Building in Africa, Dakar, CODESRIA, 2010, 104 p., ISBN: 978-2-86978-315-7

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This report on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria is part of a broader project on Modelling Success: Governance and Institution Building in West Africa, being implemented by the Consortium for Development Partnerships (CDP), a community of institutions dedicated to collaborative policy-oriented research and capacity-building in North America, Europe and West Africa. The first phase of the project was jointly coordinated by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Programme of African Studies (PAS), Northwestern University , Evanston, USA (2004-2008). The second phase (2008-2012), which is ongoing, is under the coordination of CODESRIA and the African Studies Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. The project focuses on the identification of concrete strategies to advance institutional performance in Africa. Studies sponsored under the project undertake in-depth analysis of institutions which are key to ensuring that governments and public officials act in the public interest.

The study looked at INEC, the body constitutionally empowered to organize, undertake and supervise all elections and electoral processes, with a mandate to ensure transparency and accountability. The report examines the process and challenges of institution building for democratic governance in Nigeria. This report makes a valuable contribution to both knowledge and policy. It examines the constitution, operations, performance, successes and challenges of the electoral body, taking into cognizance INEC’s centrality and strategic importance to the evolution of good governance, social cohesion and political stability of the country.

Jibrin Ibrahim is the Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Bordeaux, France and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and the University of Toronto, Canada. His areas of specialization are democratization, political economy of poverty reduction, comparative federalism, and religious and ethnic identities.

Dauda Garuba is Senior Programme Officer, Peace and Security, with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Nigeria. He is also a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science, University of Benin, Nigeria. His academic and project implementation interests are in peace and security, democratic governance and political economy.

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