Parliamentary elections were held in Nigeria on 9 April 2011.
The election was originally scheduled to be held on 2 April. However it was later postponed to 4 April on the originally scheduled day of the election itself as voters turned up in the morning to see ballots had not yet arrived. The next day Attahiru Jega, the head of the electoral commission, said that "The commission weighed all the options and considered the wide-ranging counsel of Nigerians and decided to reschedule all the elections as follows: Saturday, April 9, senate and house of representatives elections; Saturday, April 16, presidential elections; Tuesday, April 26, state houses of assembly and governorship elections. Some parties have said they won't take part. Without political parties there was no election so INEC has to listen to their comments."
This comes after Jega was allocated US$570m budget in August 2010 to overhaul voter lists and acquire more ballot boxes.
In December 2010, bombs went off in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State during a gubernatorial campaign rally. There were also bombings and shooting in the north blamed on Boko Haram. Politicians and police said that the campaign of violence aimed to disrupt the election. Again on 3 March assailants in Abuja attacked a People's Democratic Party rally with a bomb killing three and wounding 21. The police said that the attack occurred just after the state governor Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu made an address and left.
The day before the election a bomb went off by the National Electoral Commission offices in Suleja outside the capital Abuja killing at least eight people. The bombing followed a shooting in Borno state that killed four people, including a member of the incumbent Peoples' Democratic Party. On the day of the election itself another bomb went off in Maiduguri. Yushua Shuaib of the National Emergency Management Agency said there was a possibility of casualties. At least two were later reported to have died. During the campaigning season up to a 100 people were reported to have died in bombings and shootings.
Preliminary results indicated that the incumbent People's Democratic Party would lose their parliamentary strength.
The Action Congress of Nigeria made gaines in the southwest, where Lagos is located and the Congress for Progressive Change made gains in the north.
High-profile losses included the PDP's Dimeji Bankole, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and former president Olusegun Obasanjo's daughter in the Senate. However the PDP still had just over half of the one-fifth of the seats declared at the time.
|People's Democratic Party||13,312,817||46.63||203|
|Action Congress of Nigeria||5,135,306||17.99||69|
|Congress for Progressive Change||4,212,283||14.75||38|
|All Nigeria Peoples Party||2,900,306||10.16||28|
|Democratic People's Party||489,074||1.71||1|
|All Progressives Grand Alliance||487,753||1.71||7|
|People's Party of Nigeria||133,651||0.47||1|
|Allied Congress Party of Nigeria||87,233||0.31||0|
|Progressive Peoples Alliance||77,765||0.27||0|
|People for Democratic Change||62,360||0.22||0|
|National Transformation Party||53,574||0.19||0|
|African Democratic Congress||28,907||0.10||0|
|African Liberation Party||15,361||0.05||0|
|Social Democratic Mega Party||15,236||0.05||0|
|Mega Progressive Peoples Party||14,698||0.05||0|
|Alliance for Democracy||13,041||0.05||0|
|People's Action Congress||12,938||0.05||0|
|National Conscience Party||11,681||0.04||0|
|African Political System||9,681||0.03||0|
|United Nigeria Peoples' Party||9,507||0.03||0|
|National Solidarity Democratic Party||9,252||0.03||0|
|People's Redemption Party||9,215||0.03||0|
|Democratic Front for People's Federation||7,390||0.03||0|
|African Renaissance Party||6,958||0.02||0|
|Change Advocacy Party||6,612||0.02||0|
|United Democratic Party||6,015||0.02||0|
|Citizens Popular Party||5,500||0.02||0|
|Congress for Democratic Change||5,412||0.02||0|
|Action Party of Nigeria||3,038||0.01||0|
|Movement for the Restoration of Defence and Democracy||2,856||0.01||0|
|Hope Democratic Party||2,561||0.01||0|
|Fresh Democratic Party||2,156||0.01||0|
|People's Progressive Party||844||0.00||0|
|Advanced Congress of Democrats||779||0.00||0|
|Nigeria People's Congress||693||0.00||0|
|Allied Congress Party||640||0.00||0|
|People's Salvation Party||616||0.00||0|
|Freedom Party of Nigeria||510||0.00||0|
|Movement of the People Party||495||0.00||0|
|Community Party of Nigeria||392||0.00||0|
|National Reformation Party||308||0.00||0|
|National Majority Democratic Party||295||0.00||0|
|Republican Party of Nigeria||256||0.00||0|
|New Nigeria People's Party||204||0.00||0|
|National Movement of Progressive Party||204||0.00||0|
|People's Mandate Party||127||0.00||0|
|Better Nigeria Progressive Party||120||0.00||0|
|Movement for Democracy and Justice||3||0.00||0|