Nigerians will elect state officials on April 14 and a new president on April 21.
Under Nigeria’s federal constitution, the president and 36 state governors are elected directly to a four-year term, for a maximum of two terms.
There are 24 parties offering candidates for president and almost 50 parties in total. The three largest parties are: People’s Democratic Party, All Nigeria People’s Party and Action Congress.
April 21 – Election of president and members of the National Assembly, comprising 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives.
May 29 – Olusegun Obasanjo, current president who has already served two terms, hands over to his successor.
Voters on Saturday will select their state leaders, while elections for Nigeria’s national legislators and for the presidency are due to take place on April 21.