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Election 2011


27 May 2011

What now after the elections?

Nigeria

Members of the Democratic Socialist Movement based in Lagos held an aggregate meeting on Saturday May 21, 2011 to review the economic and socio-political situation in the country after the 2011 general election. The meeting also discussed international relations and world economy, especially the mass movements in North Africa/Middle East and the post recession austerity onslaught on working people in Western countries.

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14 April 2011

2011 ELECTIONS: Can Any of the Political Parties and their Candidates Guarantee Free and Quality Public Education?

By H.T Soweto

EMPTY PROMISES

In the run up to the April 2011 general elections, the rot in public education became one of the burning issues which none of the bourgeois contestants could not ignore in their campaigns. Expectedly too, working class youth, students, activists, education workers, parents and the general public are sizing up contestants on the basis of their economic and political programs as well as their proposed solutions to the crisis of public education in Nigeria.

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8 April 2011

2011 ELECTIONS

Can It Bring Real Socio-Economic Change for the Workers and Poor Masses?

By HT Soweto

The 2011 general elections have kicked off on a shoddy note. The National Assembly election that was slated for April 2 had to be cancelled for lack of vital materials for the exercise. While voting had already started in a few places, many areas across the country did not even see the electoral officials. In some of the areas where there was voting, a good number of people could not find their name on the register while the logos and names of some parties were missing on the ballot papers. The entire timetable for the election has now been adjusted. The national assembly, presidential and state elections have been rescheduled to April 9, April 16 and April 26 respectively.

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31 March 2011

2011 General Elections MAJOR CANDIDATES ENTANGLED IN VIOLENT STRUGGLE FOR POWER

BUT AGREEING ON ANTI-PEOPLES' POLICIES

By Chinedu Bosah

The run-up to the 2011 general elections has been characterized by violence amongst the major pro-capitalist political parties engaged in bitter struggle for political power. This has led to several deaths and destruction of properties. These "do or die" struggles mirror the desperation of the establishment political parties to either remain in power or to assume power considering the fact that political power in Nigeria is an avenue for self-enrichment at the expense of public resources.

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31 March 2011

Working People and 2011 Elections

By Kola Ibrahim

The political challenges before the working and poor people are more vital today than ever before. The capitalist political class has severally and collectively plundered the huge resources of the nation at the gross expense of the poor working people. For the past 12 years of civil rule, workers have repeatedly fought tooth and nail to gain a better living, but every demand of workers in this regard is met with stiff opposition from the capitalist ruling class at all levels.

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14 February 2011

THE 2011 GENERAL ELECTIONS AND THE WORKING MASSES

Segun Sango, DSM General Secretary

The main political parties recently conducted their primaries to elect those that will fly their flags in the forthcoming general elections in April. Very tragically, these so-called primaries have once again revealed the well known fact that all the ruling parties are being led by highly undemocratic elements who merely believe that political power is just a means to acquire undeserved wealth for themselves, collaborators and family members. All the ruling parties from the PDP to the so-called opposition parties organised so-called primaries where only the highest bidders won and/or those arbitrarily imposed by the leaders! Except for the politically deluded, there was not a single ray of light from the parties' primaries that can correctly justify the call on the working masses, by both the NLC and TUC leaders, to act as "monitors" for the inter-party elections fixed for April, ostensibly to ensure the free and fairness of an exercise that would be no more than a mere contest between the different sections of the thieving capitalist elite and gangsters.

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13 February 2011

Voters' Registration under a New INEC Chairman:

Same old Organisational and Political Problems

By Segun Sango, DSM General Secretary

During the year 2011, about 16 odd African states are expected to conduct and or organize general elections. On the surface, this fact might give the misleading impression that governance and government in Africa are embracing democracy and the democratic ethos. Unfortunately however, in none of all these countries that are expected to have their general elections can the working masses and poor expect a true democratic exercise. The almost total failure of the local capitalist classes to develop the national economy has in, all these countries, resulted in gaining and looting government office and contracts being seen as the road to wealth. Thus in virtually all these elections, incumbent governments and or officers would spare nothing to manipulate and rig the elections in favour of those currently in power. For years Nigeria, the most populous African country and the sixth largest petroleum products producer in the world, has offered the most graphic features of the farce usually called elections in this part of the world.

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27 January 2011

Delta State Re-Run: A Bad Omen for 2011 General Elections

By Edafe Ominigbo

In compliance with the November 9, 2010 judgment of the Appeal Court sitting in Benin City, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the Delta State Governorship re-run election on Thursday, January 6, 2011, nearly four years after the original, rigged, vote. The election, which was seen by many as a litmus test for the INEC under the chairmanship of Prof. Attahiru Jega, was like past elections in the country fraught with hitches and mass disenfranchisement of voters.

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Election 2007

21 May 2007

THE MAY 28 & 29 MASS ACTION

BUILD ACTION COMMITTEES IN WORK PLACES AND COMMUNITIES!!

FIGHT FOR REAL DEMOCRACY: OUST THE LOOTERS!!!

The decision of the Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO), comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Action Forum (JAF), to embark on a 2-day mass action on May 28 and 29 against the farce called the 2007 general elections and anti-poor, neo-liberal programme of the government is a very good development. It offers an opportunity to advance the masses' struggle for emancipation from perpetual political oppression and economic exploitation. Also welcome is the demand of the National Executive Council of the NLC for 15% pay rise for federal government workers across board.

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