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The National Assembly and Presidential Elections in Nigeria, 20 and 27 February 1999

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Constitutional and Electoral Framework

The Decree which constituted the legal framework for the establishment of the Independent National Electoral Commission to organise, conduct and supervise the elections specifically defined ‘Constitution’ to mean the “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1979 as amended”. This was also the case for the relevant decree creating the legal framework for the National Assembly elections. The Court of Appeal (Lagos) ruled in a case1 reported in 1995 that the Constitution of 1979 was not entirely suspended by decrees issued by successive military regimes. This was also confirmed to the Commonwealth Observer Group by the Chairman of INEC, Justice Akpata.

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