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Briefing paper

BP35: Term limits, the presidency, and the electoral system: What do Nigerians want?

15 Apr 2015
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The controversy over presidential term limits is at the center of public discussion in Nigeria. The most recent national opinion survey by the Afrobarometer  finds strong support among the Nigerian public for term limits, free elections, competitive politics, and constitutional government. This survey shows widespread popular disapproval for an indefinite tenure of the chief Executive, and firm support for the present constitutional limit of two terms for elected officials. The survey also confirms other recent polls reflecting a strong desire among the public for limits on the terms of leaders.