Despite Nigeria’s progress in electoral democracy and its four successive elections since the end of military rule in 1999, the country faces numerous challenges in its democratization process. The weak institutionalization of political parties and their dysfunctional character remain key flaws. There is an urgent need to address these weaknesses to ensure that political parties are institutionalized, functional and play their role in a democratic system.
This discussion focused on the current political landscape in Nigeria, particularly the various challenges political parties face and the opportunities for reform and meaningful engagement in the 2015 elections. Civil society’s demands for reform and the government responses to these challenges will also be discussed.
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