Commentary: Nigeria’s electoral democracy seeks to find its footing after contentious election

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Chicago Tribune

President Joe Biden, in his March 5 visit to Selma, Alabama, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to supporting democracy and protecting voting rights. This commitment echoed loudly in Africa’s largest democracy, which experienced a contentious presidential election on Feb. 25. In response to an avalanche of criticism, the government postponed for one week the voting for state governors and assemblies. Despite its imperfections, Nigeria’s electoral democracy has lasted longer than its predecessors. Almost 90 million Nigerians collected voting cards for the contests. Fewer than a third, h…

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