A year on from Nigeria’s 2023 elections

A year on from Nigeria’s 2023 elections speakers discuss some of the 102 recommendations from the just published Commonwealth Observer Group’s report and reflect on regional implications.

Research event, Panel Recording
11 March 2024 — 1:30PM TO 2:45PM

Event recording

Experts discuss lessons to be learned from Africa’s largest democracy.

In Nigeria’s 2023 elections President Bola Ahmed Tinubu assumed power following a contested election that saw a voter turnout of just 25.7 per cent and subsequent legal challenges from his opponents. 

These presidential, legislative, and gubernatorial elections faced many challenges, including technological failures of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and with the Independent National Election Commissions results viewing portal (IReV).

Yet, analysts agree technology was not the sole issue and election observer missions identified various challenges throughout the electoral process, evidence that there are lessons to be learned from Africa’s largest democracy.

At a time of acute regional instability, highlighted by democratic backsliding, a wave of coups and rising extremism, speakers discuss:

  • Recommendations from the Commonwealth Observer Group’s election report.
  • Local conclusions and lessons learned.
  • Recommendations from the report on the use of technology in the elections.
  • Regional implications of Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential elections.

The event was broadcast live via the Africa Programme Facebook page.

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