Nigeria

Since 1998, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has worked to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian election management bodies to promote credible, inclusive and transparent elections at both the national and local level. Currently, IFES is providing technical support to preparations for the 2019 elections through the “Support for Electoral Reforms Project” (2014-19) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under this project, IFES has assisted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the development of the 2017-21 strategic plan, which includes INEC’s first-ever monitoring and evaluation plan. IFES has also partnered with state-level electoral commissions to prepare for various gubernatorial and local government area elections. Through the ongoing “Nigeria Election Violence Report” project, IFES builds the capacity of civil society to monitor, analyze and respond to incidents of election-related conflict. IFES has also trained representatives of civil society organizations to monitor campaign finance and the use of state resources during presidential and gubernatorial elections. Prior to the 2015 general elections, IFES supported the INEC in establishing 37 state-based Election Operation Support Centers, which assisted commissioners in monitoring election preparations and detecting challenges. IFES also developed a cascade training plan for poll workers and executed a training of trainers that led to the training of 650,000 poll workers. With IFES’ support, INEC’s voter education campaign reached over 67 million Nigerians.