ElectionGudie

April 21, 2007 Held

58,000,000
Registered to Vote
Nigeria

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Election for Nigerian House of Representatives

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At stake in this election:

  • 109 seats in the Senate
  • 360 seats in the House of Representatives

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Umaru Musa YAR'ADUA *
  • Head of Government: President Umaru Musa YAR'ADUA
  • Assembly: Nigeria has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 109 seats and the House of Representatives with 360 seats.

* The president is both the chief of state and head of government.
The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term (eligible for a second term). 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 absolute majority vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Senate 109 members are elected by simple majority vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms*. In the House of Representatives 360 members are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.

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

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: People's Democratic Party (PDP)
    • Leader: Ahmadu ALI
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 76
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 223
  • Party: All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
    • Leader: Alh Modu SHERIF
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 27
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 96
  • Party: All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
    • Leader: Victor C. UMEH
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 2
  • Party: Alliance For Democracy (AD)
    • Leader: Mojisoluwa AKINFEWA
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 34
  • Party: Action Congress (AC)*****
    • Leader: Bisi AKANDE
    • Seats won in last Senate election: N/A
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: N/A
  • Party: Democratic Peoples Party (DPP)
    • Leader: Umaru AHMED
    • Seats won in last Senate election: N/A
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: N/A
  • Party: Fresh Democratic Party (FRESH)
    • Leader: Chris OKOTIE
    • Seats won in last Senate election: N/A
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: N/A

***** (party formed after the last election)

Last Parliamentary election:

  • The last elections to the Senate and the House of Representatives were held on 12 April 2003.

Population and registered voters:

  • Population: 147,152,502 (2007)
  • Registered Voters: 61,567,036 (2007)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 72,431,259 (2007)

·         Is Nigeria a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (23 April 1984)

·         Has Nigeria ratified CEDAW: Yes (13 June 1985)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 25 (House of Representatives); 9 (Senate) following the 2007 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 152 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very High (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Nigeria a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Nigeria ratified CRPD: Yes (24 September 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 22,072,875 (est.)