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  1. Electoral Process | Week 1
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  2. Types of Electoral Process | Week 2
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  3. Electoral Process Continues - Proportional, Representation, Repeated Ballot, Direct and Indirect Elections | Week 3
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  4. Ballot Systems | Types of Voting | Week 4
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  5. Organization of Election | Week 5
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  6. Electoral Commission and Electoral Officers | Week 6
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  7. Public Opinion and Mass Media | Week 7
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  8. Civil Service | Week 8
    6 Topics
  9. Personnel Administration in the Civil Service | Week 9
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  10. Public Corporation | Week 10
    9 Topics
  11. Commercialization, Privatization and Deregulation of Public Corporations | Week 11
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  • Theory Questions & Answers – Electoral Commission and Electoral Officers

Evaluation Questions – Electoral Commission and Electoral Officers

1. Mention any five chairmen of the Electoral Commission in Nigeria.

2. What are the functions of the electoral commission?

3. Mention the problems confronting the electoral commission in Nigeria.

4. List the electoral Officials and their roles.

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Evaluation Questions – Electoral Commission and Electoral Officers

1. Mention any five chairmen of the Electoral Commission in Nigeria.

Answer:

  • Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) Chief Eyo Esua 1964/1965 elections.
  • Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) Chief Michael Anni 1979 elections
  • Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) Justice Victor Ovie Whisky  1983 elections
  • National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON) Justice Eme Awa (1987-1989)
  • National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON) Prof. Humphrey Nwosu (1989-1993)
  • National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON) Justice Summer Dagogo Jack (1994-1998)

 

2. What are the functions of the electoral commission?

Answer:

  • Constitutional delineation: The Electoral Commission divides the country into electoral districts for election purposes.
  • It registers political parties which will field candidates to fill vacant political posts.
  • It registers voters who are qualified to vote in an election.
  • It displays the electoral register for the electorate to know their voting centres and units.
  • It is the duty of the electoral commission to recruit and train electoral officers including ad hoc staff.
  • It provides electoral materials including printing Ballot papers, Ink, Ballot Boxes, Writing Materials, a List of Voters, Card Reader Machines, etc.
  • It is the duty of the Electoral Commission to provide adequate security for voters, Ballot papers, voters, electoral officers, Result sheets, etc.
  • It provides adequate logistics and transportation to ensure that election materials and officers arrive at polling stations on time all over the country.
  • It counts and collates election results.

 

3. Mention the problems confronting the electoral commission in Nigeria.

Answer:

  • Election malpractice: Candidates, Political Parties, Supporters, and Security officials engage in election rigging to enable their candidates to win.
  • Insecurity: The security Personnel, highly placed people, and political leaders are threats to election materials and results.
  • Government Interference: The power of the incumbent at times sway election results in favour of their party.
  • Inadequate Funding: Shortage of funds hinders the work of the electoral commission.
  • Bribery and Corruption: Electoral Commission officers have been accused and some found guilty of bribery and corruption to compromise election results.
  • Logistics Problems: The Commission is confronted with logistics challenges such as transportation of materials, network, communication, etc.

 

4. List the electoral Officials and their roles.

Answer:

  • Chairman of Electoral Commission: The Chairman of the Electoral Commission is the chief planner and supervisor of elections to ensure a free, fair, and credible election.
  • State Resident Commissioner: The State Resident Commissioner plans and supervises elections at local government/region or state levels (Counsellor and Chairman) to ensure a free and fair and credible election.
  • Electoral Officers: The officers supervise the conduct of elections (at Federal, State, and Local Government Levels).
  • Returning Officers: The returning officer announces election results. They declare winners at polling units and wards.
  • Presiding Officers: Presiding officers are in charge of the polling units. They check the names of voters, accredit them and issue ballot papers. They are assisted by assistant presiding officers/clerks.
  • Polling Agents/Party Agents: They represent candidates or political parties in a polling centre/unit.
  • Supervisory Officers: They move from one polling unit to the other within an electoral ward listening to complaints and settling minor disagreements arising from polling units.