Nigeria is set to hold presidential and national assembly elections in February 2023 – marking the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s two terms in office since his election in 2015 – as well as governorship and state houses of assembly elections in March 2023.
The recently introduced Electoral Act 2022 includes reforms focused on the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the conduct of party primaries, the inclusivity of electoral processes, and the use of electronic technology in voting procedures and transmission of results.
However, the scope of security, fiscal and governance challenges, entwined with civic fatigue, low levels of trust and voter mobilization – particularly among youth – reflects deep-rooted issues with significant implications for the elections requiring broader socio-political change.
At this event, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will discuss the main headways and remaining challenges in implementing the Electoral Act, the role of the Nigerian National Assembly in strengthening state-society relations, and its priorities for promoting greater civic trust and engagement in the process and outcome of the 2023 elections.
This event is part of a series of events and outputs examining Nigeria’s 2023 elections and political developments.
This event will also be broadcast live on the Chatham House Africa Programme’s Facebook page.