ElectionGudie

April 9, 2011 Held

73,000,000
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 Goodluck JONATHAN *
  • Head of Government: President Goodluck JONATHAN **
  • 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.

** JONATHAN assumed the presidency on 5 May 2010 following the death of President YAR'ADUA, he was declared Acting President on 9 February 2010 by the National Assembly during the extended illness of the former president

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.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: People's Democratic Party (PDP)
    • Leader: Ahmadu ALI
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 85
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 263
  • Party: All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
    • Leader: Alh Modu SHERIF
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 16
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 63
  • 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: 0
  • Party: Alliance For Democracy (AD)
    • Leader: Mojisoluwa AKINFEWA
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0
  • Party: Action Congress (AC)*****
    • Leader: Bisi AKANDE
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 30
  • Party: Democratic Peoples Party (DPP)
    • Leader: Umaru AHMED
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0
  • Party: Fresh Democratic Party (FRESH)
    • Leader: Chris OKOTIE
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0

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

Population and registered voters:

  • Population: 163,770,669 (2011)
  • Registered Voters: 73,528,040 (2011)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 80,479,209 (2011)

·         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: 11 (House of Representatives); 4 (Senate) following the 2011 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: 24,565,600 (est.)