Anxiety Grows Over Election Rigging in Nigeria
The Nigerian media as well as my personal contacts are expressing heightened anxiety that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is preparing to rig the national elections, now scheduled for March 28.
Widely discussed, the potential removal of Attahiru Jega, the commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), could facilitate the rigging process. Jega’s signature innovation, the use of permanent voter cards (PVCs) to reduce registration and voting fraud, would be dismantled. Sahara Reporters suggests that President Goodluck Jonathan’s inner circle has concluded that international fall out from Jega’s removal can be managed. Sahara Reporters quotes a source as saying, “They [the administration] believe the APC [the opposition party], the world press, the U.S., and E.U. will make noise, but then everybody will eventually calm down.” The same source noted that this was the scenario when President Jonathan removed Lamido Sanusi as the Governor of the Central Bank.