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Dashed Hopes? Yiaga Africa Report on the 2023 General Election

Regular elections are a permanent feature of Nigeria’s democracy. The 2023 general election, Nigeria’s seventh consecutive general election in its 25 years of uninterrupted democratic practice, tested Nigeria’s democratic credentials. The Presidential and National Assembly elections took place on 25 February 2023, while the Governorship and State Assembly elections, initially scheduled to hold on 11 March 2023, finally took place on 18 March 2023 following a one-week postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC or the commission).

This article from Yiaga Africa highlights findings from a series of focus group discussions (FGDs) in which people from similar backgrounds gather to share their experiences related to a specific research topic. The collaborative global report from this project, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and includes recommendations for Election Management Bodies (EMBs), parliaments, ministries, and civil society in creating an enabling environment for meaningful participation of Indigenous Peoples.