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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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Political Background

Nigeria is a federal republic, comprising 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), each with its own capital and state government; since 1991 the federal capital has been Abuja. Nigeria became a member of the Commonwealth at independence in 1960, but is currently suspended. With a population estimated at over 100 million it is the most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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