FACT CHECK: Did International Observer Missions Publish Different Set of Presidential Election Result?

Verdict: False The Claim: On 26 February, three days after the Presidential election, CDD spotted a tweet being circulated through social media with the hashtag #RejectINECresults. Attached to the tweet was a document with numbers of all the votes per state. The tweet went on to say that it was compiled by European Union/ United …

Final Election-Day Report: 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections 2019

Final Election-Day Report: 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections 2019 PREAMBLE The Centre for Democracy and Development deployed over 3500 field observers, spread across the country, for the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections. The Centre also established a fake news tracking and analysis centre, and an Election Analysis Centre (EAC), comprising of leading experts …

Election Analysis Centre (EAC) Preliminary Report, 12 noon, 23rd February 2019

PREAMBLE The Election Analysis Centre is pleased to note that elections are going on across the country, and there is significant turnout of voters all over the country. We make the following observations about how the elections are going on so far Download Full Report Here Election Analysis Centre (EAC) Preliminary Report, 12 Noon 23rd …

As Nigerians Vote for the President

As Nigerians Vote for the President The Presidential Contest In the presidential contest, it is a straight contest between incumbent Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and his primary challenger Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This will not be the first time Buhari, 76, and Atiku, 72, have faced …

Fact Check: Is it true that INEC will not be conducting elections in some states because of insecurity?

Some news reports have surfaced online claiming that in some areas it might be impossible to conduct elections due to security concerns. However we know that INEC have sent out election materials to the 36 states, and are ready for the elections. Regarding the northeast and Bornu state in particular, the INEC Chairman said: “We …

Press Release: Political Context and INEC Preparedness Ahead of the Rescheduled Elections

Last week, less than six hours to the presidential and national assembly elections due on February 16, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced its decision to postpone the general elections by a week, citing logistical challenges. Presidential and parliamentary elections were shifted to February 23, and gubernatorial and state houses of assembly elections scheduled …

FACT CHECK: Is the Stealing of Ballot Boxes Punishable by Death?

  The Electoral Act (2010) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was created to regulate the Federal, State and Area Council elections. Therefore it makes specific provisions in the law for the any attempt to intimidate voters, steal voting materials or destroy voting materials. Section 129 (4) specifically states that, “Any person who snatches or …

Nigeria’s General Elections: The Online Information & Media Landscape

Fake news is not a new concept in Nigeria, but the exponential growth in the use and availability of mobile Internet, as well as the sheer amount of information accessible in the age of digital media, has made the task of filtering out false information far more difficult. To gain a deeper understanding of the …

Press Release, Abuja, Tuesday 19th February 2019 | The Postponed Elections: Our Concerns on Ethnic Stereotyping

Press Release, Abuja, Tuesday 19th February 2019 The Postponed Elections: Our Concerns on Ethnic Stereotyping   This morning, we learnt that Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu, INEC National Commissioner was summoned to report to the Department of State Security (DSS) for interrogation.  Others from INEC summoned with him include Chidi Nwafor, the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), …

BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS – Rivers State | Bulletin Eight

Rivers state has a total registered voters of 3, 215,273million for the 2019 elections which shows an increase of 1million number of registered voters compared to that of about 2.5million in 2015. This figure no doubt would impact on the presidential outcome especially if voter turnout increases too. Historically, the state has voted in block …

BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS – PLATEAU STATE | Bulletin Four

Plateau State has a total 2,480,455 registered voters for the 2019 elections, out of which about 2,246,865 are in possession of their PVCs as at the end of 2018. This figure shows an increase of over 480 thousand registered voters compared to 2015. The is a general sense that the most active voting population reside …

Battleground States of the 2019 Elections – Kaduna State | Bulletin Ten

KADUNA STATE Kaduna is of strategic significance, being the regional capital of the old North and abode of many of the northern influential and powerful political, bureaucratic and military elite, including President Muhammadu Buhari. Between 1999 and 2015 the state was ruled by the PDP, but fell to the APC in 2015. It is noteworthy …

Gender Issues in 2019 General Elections

Historically, gender and women’s issues have not gained national saliency and visibility in general elections across the country. The 2019 election is no different as the economy, corruption and security have been the key themes driving the elections. Nevertheless, women are becoming more politically engaged and savvy, making gender-based policy demands on candidates in exchange …

BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS (BENUE STATE) | Bulletin Sixteen

Battleground states as captured here are the states that historically have turned out high registered voters and have consistently given block votes to a preferred candidate in every given election. Comparing 2019 voter registration data with that of previous election years indicates that battleground states have been largely consistent in topping voter registration. Benue State …

BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS (OYO STATE) | Bulletin Fourteen

Battleground states as captured here are the states that historically have turned out high registered voters and have consistently given block votes to a preferred candidate in every given election. Comparing 2019 voter registration data with that of previous election years indicates that battleground states have been largely consistent in topping voter registration. Download Full …

BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS (BAUCHI STATE) | Bulletin Twelve

Battleground states as captured here are the states that historically have turned out high registered voters and have consistently given block votes to a preferred candidate in every given election. Comparing 2019 voter registration data with that of previous election years indicates that battleground states have been largely consistent in topping voter registration. Bauchi State …

BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS (OGUN STATE) | Bulletin Thirteen

Battleground states as captured here are the states that historically have turned out high registered voters and have consistently given block votes to a preferred candidate in every given election. Comparing 2019 voter registration data with that of previous election years indicates that battleground states have been largely consistent in topping voter registration. Ogun State …

BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS (KANO STATE) | Bulletin SIX

Battleground states as captured here are the states that historically have turned out high registered voters and have consistently given block votes to a preferred candidate in every given election. Comparing 2019 voter registration data with that of previous election years indicates that battleground states have been largely consistent in topping voter registration. Kano has …

BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS (LAGOS STATE) | Bulletin Five

Battleground states as captured here are the states that historically have turned out high registered voters and have consistently given block votes to a preferred candidate in every given election. Comparing 2019 voter registration data with that of previous election years indicates that battleground states have been largely consistent in topping voter registration.   Lagos …