At stake in this election:
- The office of Chief of State of Nigeria
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: Chief of State General Abdulsalami ABUBAKAR
- Head of Government: Command in Chief of the Armed Forces General Abdulsalam ABUBAKAR
- Assembly: Nigeria has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 109 seats and the House of Representatives with 360 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- The Chief of State is elected by simple majority vote to serve a 4-year term.
- In the Senate 109 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms*. In the House of Representatives 360 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms.
* 3 members are elected from each state plus one from Abuja.
Main Candidates in the Presidential race:
- Olusegun OBASANJO
- Party: People's Democratic Party (PDP)
- Samuel Oluyemi FALAE
- Party: Alliance for Democracy (AD) and All People's Party (APP)
Last Presidential election:
- The Last presidential election was held on June 12, 1993. On November 17, 1993, General ABACHA assumed power through a military coup.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 119,826,231 (1999)
- Registered Voters: 57,938,945 (1999)
· Female Population: 59,185,740 (1999)
· Is Nigeria a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (23 April 1984)
· Has Nigeria ratified CEDAW: Yes (13 June 1985)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: No
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 12 (House of Representatives); 3 (Senate) following the 1999 elections
· Human Development Index Position: 152 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very High (2014)
· Is Nigeria a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
· Has Nigeria ratified CRPD: Yes (24 September 2010)
· Population with a disability: 17,973,934 (est.)