Comparative Assessment of Governorship Election in Nigeria and USA

Comparative Assessment of Governorship Election in Nigeria and USA

The Governorship election process in Nigeria and the USA have some similarities and differences. Here is a comparative assessment of the two:

  1. Election Laws: In the USA, each state has its own set of election laws that govern the Governorship election process, while in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is responsible for conducting and regulating all elections, including Governorship elections.
  2. Eligibility: In the USA, a candidate must be a natural-born citizen, at least 30 years old, and a resident of the state for a minimum of 5 years before running for the Governorship position. In Nigeria, a candidate must be a citizen of Nigeria, at least 35 years old, and a member of a political party before running for Governor.
  3. Campaigning: In both countries, candidates campaign vigorously to win the election. However, the campaign process in Nigeria is often characterized by violence, intimidation, and vote-buying, while the USA’s campaign process is more structured and peaceful.
  4. Voting Process: In the USA, voters can vote in-person on Election Day or cast their ballot early or by mail-in voting. In Nigeria, voting takes place on Election Day, and voters must present their voter’s card and go through a verification process before voting.
  5. Result Declaration: In the USA, the election results are declared on the same day or shortly after the Election Day. In Nigeria, results are usually not declared until a few days after the election day, and there have been instances where results have been delayed or disputed.
  6. Election Petition: In both countries, election petitions can be filed by candidates who believe that the election was not conducted properly or that the result was rigged. The petition process in Nigeria is often protracted and may take months or years to resolve.


While there are similarities between the Governorship election process in Nigeria and the USA, the USA’s election process is more structured, transparent, and peaceful. Nigeria’s election process is often marred by violence, intimidation, and vote-buying. However, both countries allow for the peaceful resolution of election disputes through the petition process.

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