Opinion

2020 Edo Election: A Poll Defined By Strong-arm Tactics and Violence, By Yiaga Africa

The competition has been reduced to a contest between personalities, as opposed to issue-based campaigns. The WTV long term observers reported incidences of violent verbal and physical attacks, identity-based violence, and hate-speech rhetoric as campaign strategies employed by both parties for campaigns. The observers also reported the repositioning of cult…
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Opinion

El-Rufai Vs. NBA: the Unspoken Truth About the Annual Conference of Lawyers, By Inibehe Effiong

Progressive lawyers in Nigeria must find ways to rescue their association from the strangulation of some of their elitist colleagues who are more interested in serving the insatiable interest of their friends, clients and associates in government. It is good that Mallam El-Rufai was disinvited. I hope this decision will…
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Opinion

2023 Elections: the Necessity of Radical Electoral Reforms, By Inibehe Effiong

The National Assembly should be responsible and responsive to the yearnings of the Nigerian people for a credible electoral system. All necessary Bills that are pending or that needs to be introduced should be given accelerated attention. Our legislators should be conscious of the historical and national imperative for electoral…
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Opinion

Edo: The Nigeria Police Force and INEC Connection, By Adegbenro Adebanjo

...it is almost certain that the two camps will not heed the voice of reason. And this is where INEC, NPF and other security agencies come in. The security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force should be very professional in its activities in Edo State. There shouldn't be any attempt…
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Columns

Mamman Daura Is Not the Problem, By Azu Ishiekwene

What will make the difference is not Daura’s benevolence, but advocacy that targets changes in electoral behaviour and galvanises civil society and the general public against the misuse of security agencies to perpetrate violence at the polls. It’s also time now to start the electronic transmission of results from collation…
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Columns

Electoral Reform: Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Past, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...a stitch in time, they say, saves nine. In place of the knee jerk self-centred approach of the past, the lawmakers now have an opportunity to write their names in gold by starting the amendment process early and avoiding clashes with other legislative components during the election year. They have…
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Opinion

COVID-19 and the “New Normal” of Political Campaigns, By Shamsudeen Adio Yusuf

With the exponential increase in the cases of COVID-19, politicians cannot conduct campaigns through conventional means. They must adapt to the realities of the “new normal” by deploying alternative mechanisms of campaigning, while strengthening the existing ones. Communication is vital in any election. Since COVID-19 emerged, countries have been contending…
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