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About the Event
On February 25, 2023, Nigerians will head to the polls to elect a new national government. With a new electoral framework, a competitive race, and a mobilized electorate, the elections present an opportunity for democratic renewal. Insecurity, disinformation, and political exclusion threaten to constrain this potential. Regardless of outcome, these elections—the largest elections in Africa—will shape the democratic trajectory of not only Nigeria, but the entire region.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems; the International Republican Institute; the National Democratic Institute; Yiaga Africa; and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) hosted a conversation with the Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission and civil society representatives from the governance, humanitarian, and media sectors to discuss preparations for the elections, and the significant challenges and opportunities ahead.
Damon Wilson, President and CEO, National Endowment for Democracy
Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa
PANEL I: Electoral Preparations
Keynote address by
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
Chair, Independent National Electoral Commission
Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria
Senior Associate and Regional Director, Central and West Africa, National Democratic Institute
Country Director, CARE-Nigeria; Board Chair, Yiaga Africa
Regional Deputy Director, Africa, International Republican Institute
PANEL II: A Civil Society Perspective
Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa
Founder, Women in Leadership Advancement Network Global
Executive Director, Kimpact Development Initiative
Politics Editor, Channels TV
President and CEO, National Endowment for Democracy
Header image adapted from image courtesy of Channels TV.