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Terrorism, Security and Politics: Nigeria’s 2015 Elections

The management of Nigeria’s elections will prove pivotal in the context of growing political division and an unrelenting terrorist threat in the country’s northeast.

Weeks before the postponement of Nigeria’s general election, originally planned for February, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that it was ready for the vote. This was despite very obvious logistical and security challenges linked to the sustained threat posed by the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, which continues to destroy villages, farmlands and homes across the country’s northeast. Over sixty villages and more than twenty major towns are

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