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Nigeria

Federal Republic of Nigeria

177,155,754 15

Population (as of May 29, 2015)

Elections in our database

67,422,005 50.96%

Registered Voters (as of March 11, 2016)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
House of Representatives Lower House
Senate Upper House
President President Head of State
President President Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Muhammadu BUHARI*
  • Head of Government: President Muhammadu BUHARI
  • Assembly: Nigeria has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 109 seats and the House of Representatives with 360 seats.

* An absolute majority or at least 25% in two-thirds of the states is required for a candidate to be elected in the first round.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by qualified plurality vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Senate 109 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms*. In the House of Representatives 360 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.

* Three members are elected from each of the 36 states and one from Abuja.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
President 1999-02-20 30,280,052 57,938,945 52.26%
Senate 1999-02-20 24,386,247 57,938,945 42.09%
House of Representatives 1999-02-20 23,573,407 57,938,945 40.69%
House of Representatives 2003-04-12 30,386,270 60,823,022 49.96%
Senate 2003-04-12 29,995,171 60,823,022 49.32%
President 2003-04-19 42,018,735 60,823,022 69.08%
House of Representatives 2007-04-21 - 58,000,000 -
Senate 2007-04-21 - 58,000,000 -
President 2007-04-21 35,397,517 61,567,036 57.49%
House of Representatives 2011-04-09 - 73,000,000 -
Senate 2011-04-09 - 73,000,000 -
President 2011-04-16 39,469,484 73,000,000 54.07%
President 2015-03-28 29,432,083 67,422,005 43.65%
Senate 2015-03-28 - 68,833,476 -
House of Representatives 2015-03-28 26,432,083 67,422,005 -

Voter Turnout