Video of Nigerian Election in the 1950s Surfaces, Organization of Poll Wows Many

Video of Nigerian Election in the 1950s Surfaces, Organization of Poll Wows Many

- A new video capturing how Nigerian polls were conducted in the 1950s has emerged on social media

- In the clip, the electorates and umpire conducted themselves in a calm and organized fashion

- Many Nigerians have expressed sadness that the old clip is a departure from what goes on in modern times

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An old clip that recorded a particular election that went down in the 1950s in Nigeria has made the rounds on the internet.

In the video shared on Twitter by @NigeriaStories, the electorates at that time converged at the voting point, dressed in the manner of one going for an important occasion, and one after the other were accredited for voting.

Video of Nigerian Election in the 1950s Surfaces and it is the Calm and Organization of the Poll for Many
Nigerians react to a video record of elections in the 1950s Photo Credit: Screen grab from video shared by @NigeriaStories
Source: Twitter

After their accreditation by the electoral officer, they proceeded to cast their ballot. It was observed that the electioneering process, in the short clip, was devoid of violence or disturbance that characterizes most modern-day Nigerian polls.

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While many people opined that the conduct of polls then is a far cry from what is the norm today, others lamented and wondered how the nation's electoral system retrogressed.

@SCUdoku_ wrote:

"Chai so you think election started in after independence?
"Since 1923 elections has being conducted in nigeria read una no go gree."

@MojekwuT said:

"And the election is quite organized than the current election."

@NaijaGoldaMeir stated:

"Maybe municipal elections as Nigerians held elected offices under the Governor General."

@Alganyi1 commented:

"Who did this to our country, so many of you didn't know that there were elections in the 40's and 50's before independence."

@Kgheuer remarked:

"What has changed?
"Oh yes. Thugs, disorderly lines unless enforced by police.
"Other than that, same ol."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a Nigerian man had shared on social media 1988 and 1993 receipts of 2 two-bedroom flats his parents had paid for at N180 and N325 respectively.

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He lamented the current situation in the country and enquired where the country was headed.

According to a Facebook user, Ugo Offoaro, who shared the content, Chiwueze wrote:

"Chinekee!!! See what I found! My parents receipts for the flats. Two - 2bedroom Where has this country gone to? 180 Naira in 1988 and 325 by 1993. The good old days."

Nigerians took to the comment section to also lament the economic state of things in the country. There were those who said it wasn't however easy to come by those amount in the 1980s.


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