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Lessons from the 2015 Elections in Nigeria

Professor Attahiru Jega
Event Date: September 12, 2016 - 10 a.m.
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3540

Professor Attahiru Jega, recent Chairman of Nigeria’s election commission—the largest in Africa—will join us to discuss “Lessons from the 2015 Elections in Nigeria.”  

Professor Jega will review some of the key themes regarding how he tried to reform Nigeria’s notoriously corrupt election system, sharing what he felt worked well and what proved especially challenging, and the larger implications for democratic development in Nigeria. He will also discuss the problem of violence in elections, and what election commissions can do to better prevent bloodshed resulting from elections. This is a unique opportunity to meet one of Africa’s key leaders in democratic reform.

Professor Jega was the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria, between June 2010 and June 2015, during which time he presided over the preparation and conduct of the widely acclaimed 2011 and 2015 general elections.  

Prior to being at INEC, he was the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, a federal university, between September 5, 2005 and June 30, 2010. He was also President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU (1988-1994). Professor Jega obtained his BSc (Hon.) in political science from ABU, Zaria (1978) and PhD (1985) from Northwestern University.

He has published extensively on Nigerian politics, elections, democratization and transition to democracy, among others. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards, including: National Honors Award of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR), Nigeria, in 2005; Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award in 2015; and ICPS’ Election Commissioner of the Year Awards in 2013 and 2015. He is also a recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees.  

Professor Jega is currently a professor in the department of political science, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.