The Monitor's View Nigeria's precedent for peaceful democracy

One key to Nigeria's historic presidential election, in which an incumbent lost, was a peace committee that worked to mediate disputes and suppress violence. It set a model for the rest of Africa.

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A healthy democracy relies heavily on private watchdogs – either civic groups or journalists – to keep a check on voter fraud, campaign lies, or the undue influence of money. In the run-up to a March 28-29 election, Nigeria decided to create a new type of democracy protector: the peace committee.