Nigeria’s 2015 Elections: Expectations, Priorities and the Independent National Electoral Commission
Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria
Discussant: Clement Nwankwo, Convener, Civil Society Election Situation Room
Chair: Richard Downie, Deputy Director, Africa Programme, Center for Strategic and International Studies
In 2015 Nigerians will elect their next president, state governors and legislators. The last national elections in 2011 were described by many observers as the most successful the country has seen and raised expectations of further progress to improve the process. These expectations are being undermined, however, by a fractious and fast-changing political environment in the lead-up to 2015.
The chair of Nigeria's electoral management body, INEC, will discuss how the commission is engaging with a range of stakeholders to enable an inclusive, participatory, and transparent process during and in the lead-up to elections. He will discuss the existing and emerging challenges the commission faces, responses to these and how external actors may most helpfully support an improved process.