The Lagos State Civil Society Partnership (LACSOP) with support from the state accountability and voice initiative (SAVI) as part of the various projects and programs geared towards sensitizing the electorates in the 2015 elections has produced an easy to read fact sheet that has information on mandate protection for the citizenry.
Election mandate” involves the relationship between the people’s votes and the outcomes of an election; people’s votes and their participation in the electoral process represent their giving consent to the candidates for whom they vote to govern on their behalf. In Nigeria, candidates who win a majority of votes are considered to have won the people’s mandate to govern. The people’s right to choose and reject representatives at the ballot box should be revered, and participating in an election is a fundamental right. However, it is also citizens’ responsibility to engage in the electoral process, to stand up against malpractice, and to ensure that the elections in their country are meaningful.