Voter Turnout

While low for many African countries, turnout for the 2011 presidential election was typical for Nigeria, but varied considerably across the country.

Nigerian Turnout in Context

Nigeria Presidential Election Turnout since 1999

Nigeria Presidential Election Turnout since 1999. 1999: 52%. 2003: 69%. 2007: 57%. 2011: 54%

Source: Independent National Election Commission (INEC)

Comparative Turnout in National Elections for Select African Countries

Comparative Turnout in National Elections for Select African Countries. Kenya (2013): 86%. Ghana (2012): 80%. South Africa (2009 - Parliamentary): 77%. Cameroon (2011): 68%. Senegal (2012): 57%. Nigeria (2011): 54%. Zambia (2011): 54%.

Source: International IDEA

2011 Presidential Turnout

Breakdown of 2011 Presidential Turnout by Zone and LGA

Zone data masks LGAs with very high turnout (greater than 90%). However, nowhere was turnout greater than 100%.

Percent of LGAs with Turnout within the Specified Range.

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Even if turnout had been uniform across the country it would not have changed the outcome of the presidential election.

2013 Anambra Gubernatorial Election Turnout

Turnout for the Anambra gubernatorial election was only 26.3%

Population of Anambra: 4,055,048 (2006 Census). Anambra Registered Voters: 1,758,220 (2001 INEC Figure). Anambra Voter Turnout: 462,412 (2013 INEC Figure).

Comparative Turnout for Off-Cycle Gubernatorial Elections

Off-cycle elections (those not held at the same time as presidential elections) generally have a lower turnout. However, turnout for the June 2015 Ekiti gubernatorial election was nearly 50%.

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