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7 Facts You Perhaps Didn’t Know About The 2015 General Elections

With the 2015 election just three weeks away, it will be very helpful if you get to know about some facts you probably didn’t know.

Many would probably have been talking about who won the election right now if the election wasn’t shifted to March 28, but the delay has somehow given us more room to brainstorm on who we really want to be sworn in come may 29.

But come to think of it! There are some questions that you may want to answer such as; How well do you know the presidential candidates in the upcoming elections, what do you know about the 2015 elections and what more do you know about the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) policies.

However, if you really don’t know much about the questions raised, don’t grumble because below are seven things to know before the 2015 election kick-starts.

  1. The 2015 general elections in Nigeria will be the 5th quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999.
  2. The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that electorates without their PVC cannot be allowed to vote.
  3. There is a total number of 14 presidential candidates contesting in the 2015 elections.
  4. Of the 14 the presidential candidates, including the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan, 6 have PHD degrees.
  5. Every  Polling Unit will have its unique ballot paper.
  6. Out of the 36 states, 6 states (Anambra, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Kogi) will not be participating in the Gubernatorial elections come April 11.
  7. Gen Muhammadu Buhari, 72, is the third oldest presidential candidate in Nigeria’s history, after Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo, who were 79 and 74 respectively when they contested for the presidency in 1983.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to include the Young Democratic Party (YDP) in lists of its duly registered political parties. This implies that INEC would have to reprint new ballot papers for the elections which is just three weeks away. This further poses huge fears about the possibility of another postponement.

 

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