Humphrey Nwosu

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Humphrey Nwosu
Chairman of the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria
In office
Preceded byEme Awa
Succeeded byOkon Uya
Personal details
Born2 October 1941
Anambra State, Nigeria

Professor Humphrey Nwosu (born 2 October 1941) was chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) appointed by President Ibrahim Babangida, holding office from 1989 to 1993.[1]

Birth and early career[edit]

Nwosu was born on 2 October 1941, and became a Professor of Political Science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.[2] He served in the cabinet of Samson Omeruah, governor of the old Anambra State, where he helped traditional rulers to gain staffs of office and receive salaries, and settled intra and inter community land disputes. He also served as chairman of a Federal Technical Committee on the application of Civil Service Reforms in the local government service.[3] He was appointed NEC chairman in 1989 after his predecessor (and former mentor) Eme Awa resigned due to a disagreement with Ibrahim Babangida.[4]

12 June 1993 elections[edit]

Nwosu conducted the 12 June 1993 election, which was seen as the freest and fairest election to date, in which Chief Moshood Abiola was presumed to have won. Nwosu's commission introduced the novel Option A4 voting system and the Open ballot system.[1] Nwosu had released many of the election results when he was ordered to stop further announcement by the military regime. In 2008 he published a book in which he claimed that Babangida was not to blame for annulling the election. The book was severely criticized for failing to accurately account for what happened.[2]


  • Humphrey N. Nwosu (1977). Political Authority and the Nigerian Civil Service. Fourth Dimension. ISBN 978-156-006-1.
  • Humphrey N. Nwosu, ed. (1985). Problems of Nigerian administration: a book of readings. Fourth Dimension Publishers. ISBN 978-156-104-1.
  • Humphrey N. Nwosu, Ray Ofoegbu (1986). Introduction to politics. Fourth Dimension. p. 325. ISBN 978-156-233-1.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • Humphrey N. Nwosu (1991). Conduct of free and fair elections in Nigeria: speeches, comments and reflections. National Electoral Commission.
  • Humphrey N. Nwosu (2008). Laying the foundation for Nigeria's democracy: my account of June 12, 1993 presidential election and its annulment. Macmillan Nigeria. p. 392.


  1. ^ a b Imam Imam (9 June 2010). "Past INEC Chairmen". ThisDay. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b Muyiwa Oyinlola (2 May 2010). "From Esua to Iwu, who will rescue Nigeria?". Nigerian Compass. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Abacha's role in June 12 annulment, by Humphrey Nwosu". Daily Sun. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ HANK ESO (18 June 2008). "A Jaded Humphrey Nwosu Finds his Mislaid Voice". Archived from the original on 26 September 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010.