AN ANALYSIS OF THE 2022 ELECTORAL REFORM AND IMPLICATIONS FOR 2023 GENERAL ELECTION IN NIGERIA

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Background

On 25th February 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2022 Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law, after months of withholding assent.1 The 2022 Electoral Act (“the new Act”) repeals the Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 (“the former Act”) and is intended to bring innovations to the regulation of Federal, State and Area Council elections in Nigeria.

As Nigeria approaches its 2023 general elections, the enactment of this law has come at the right time. This article considers some major changes introduced by the new Electoral Act and the possible implications of these changes on the upcoming elections.

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