Sorting Fact From Fiction : Nigeria's 2019 Election

Nigeria 2019 Election Fact-File The Centre for Democracy and Development’s Election Analysis Centre (EAC) for the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections, represented the first attempt in Nigeria at running a rigorous fact-checking process before, during and after the electoral process of both presidential and gubernatorial elections. CDD’s specific mandate was to provide a filter and …

Access to Finance Remains a Big Challenge to Women Running for Elective Positions

Mercy Abang on Legit.ng The Centre for Democracy and Development – CDD, commissioned this report (as part of a five part series) on Women’s Participation in Nigeria’s 2019 elections. Moral support for women aspiring for political office is great. Mental support too. But what is most important, and most neglected, is money. In Nigeria’s political …

Female politicians: How men promised to vote for us if we had sex with them

Mercy Abang on The Cable The Nigerian Labour Act has no provisions for criminalising sexual harassment at the workplace. Most cases go unreported. A history of gender inequality, political instability, insecurity and the absence of legal authority to protect women at the workplace deny millions of women their voices – even powerful female politicians. One …

Gendered Contests: Women in Competitive Elections

The history of women’s engagement in power and government in Nigeria reveal patterns of disadvantage in gaining access to both elective and appointive positions resulting from carefully orchestrated strategies of exclusion. While the historic 2015 alternation of power from a ruling to little it did to improve women’s political representation casts aspersion on its integrity …

WHATSAPP AND NIGERIA'S 2019 ELECTIONS: MOBILIZING THE PEOPLE, PROTECTING THE VOTE

“Social media has changed the face of politics in Nigeria.”¹ So said many political candidates, professionals, non-governmental organisation (NGO) and civil society actors, scholars and political advisers interviewed as part of this research project in the lead-up to, and the aftermath of, the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections. To what extent, though, is this true? …

COUNTING THE VOTES: WARD-LEVEL COLLATION DURING NIGERIA'S 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – A POSTMORTEM ANALYSIS

BACKGROUND The collation of results has been a much-exploited weakness in Nigeria’s election process, since the country’s return to democratic civilian rule in May 1999. Collation is the process by which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) aggregates and tabulates polling unit-level results via a multi-layered process, starting from the ward level, through the local …

WhatsApp and Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Press Release

WhatsApp both strengthens and undermines Nigerian democracy, says UK-Nigeria research team Research findings were released today by a UK-Nigerian research team examining the role of WhatsApp in Nigeria’s 2019 elections. Drawing on citizen surveys and interviews with political campaigns, the report underlines the ways in which WhatsApp has promoted the spread of “fake news” around …

WHATSAPP AND NIGERIA'S 2019 ELECTIONS: MOBILISING THE PEOPLE, PROTECTING THE VOTE

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in 40 African countries, including Nigeria, due to its low cost, encrypted messages, and the ability to easily share messages with both individuals and groups. Its political influence has expanded rapidly in line with its growing penetration. The private messenger application continued to play an increasingly significant role …

Sorting Fact From Fiction

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Centre for Democracy and Development’s Election Analysis Centre (EAC) for the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections represented the first attempt in Nigeria at running a rigorous fact-checking process before, during and after the electoral process of both presidential and gubernatorial elections. CDD’s specific mandate was to provide a filter and check on viral stories …

How Women Fared In The 2019 Elections

    Nigeria’s population is estimated to be 200,923,640. Women form 49.4% of this figure, with a total of 99,180,412. However, female political representation in the 2019 elections was negligible relative to the approximately half of the population they constitute. 2,970 women were on the electoral ballot, representing only 11.36% of nominated candidates. From the …

MATTERS ARISING FROM THE 2019 SUPPLEMENTARY GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS

The Centre for Democracy and Development’s (CDD) Election Analysis Centre (EAC) deployed trained observers to five states (Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto States) where supplementary governorship elections held on March 23, 2019. The observers were tasked with observing and reporting on the polling process, including opening times, accreditation and voting, the collation processes, and …

Kano Supplementary Election: Battle Ground State for Governor

There were 29 candidates that contested for governor of Kano State but the major battle had always been between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the APC and his main rival from the PDP, Alhaji Abba Kabiru Yusuf. Governor Ganduje got significant negative publicity and a dent to his image after allegations and wide circulation of video …

Kano Supplementary Election: Battle Ground State for Governor

There were 29 candidates that contested for governor of Kano State but the major battle had always been between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the APC and his main rival from the PDP, Alhaji Abba Kabiru Yusuf. Governor Ganduje got significant negative publicity and a dent to his image after allegations and wide circulation of video …

PRELIMINARY REPORT AHEAD OF THE 2019 SUPPLEMENTARY ELECTIONS

CDD has deployed trained observers to observe the Saturday, March 23, 2019, supplementary elections in Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto States. As in previous elections, an Election Analysis Centre (EAC) will be opened on Saturday at Centre’s Conference Room, located at CITEC Mount Pleasant Estate, Mbora District, Abuja. EAC comprises of leading experts on …

UPDATES ON ELECTION OF 9TH MARCH 2019.

The Centre for Democracy and Development’s Election Analysis Centre (EAC) deployed observers to 17 politically-charged and violence-prone battleground states for the elections. Our fake news tracking and analysis unit has continued the work of monitoring and combating fake news and hate speech throughout the election period. For its part, our EAC, which is composed of …

Election-Day Preliminary Report on the 2019 Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections

PREAMBLE The Centre for Democracy and Development’s Election Analysis Centre (EAC) deployed observers to 17 politically charged and violence-prone battleground states for the elections. Our fake news tracking and analysis unit has continued the work of monitoring and combating fake news and hate speech throughout the election period. For its part, our EAC, which is …

Background Paper on the 2019 Governorship and House of Assembly Elections in Nigeria

Nigeria’s return to the polls for the governorship, house of assembly and the FCT area council elections on March 9th, 2019. The elections will hold in 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja). The Presidential polls were earlier conducted on February 23rd with the incumbent President Muhammad Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress …

The Governorship Race: The Battle Ground States

Tomorrow, 9th March 2019, we will once again exercise our civic rights and responsibilities as citizens to elect our Governors and Members of the State Houses of Assembly. Despite some of the hitches experienced during the Presidential and National Assembly elections that took place on Saturday 23rd February 2019, we as a people and as …

Counting Votes: Ward-level collation during Nigeria’s 2019 election

The 2019 general elections is the sixth general election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the return to civilian rule in 1999. Presidential and national assembly elections followed governorship, state houses of assembly/ and FCT area council votes are scheduled to take place across a two-week period. However, the 2019 election was …

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 …