LEGALITY OF INEC DECISION TO BAR THE ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC) FROM FIELDING CANDIDATES IN THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTION IN ZAMFARA STATE

On October 9th, 2018, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in an official communication, declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) ineligible to field candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections. This was on the basis of the party’s failure to meet the October 7 2018 deadline for conducting primaries to elect…

YIAGA AFRICA RELEASES THIRD PRE-ELECTION OBSERVATION REPORT

Executive Summary YIAGA AFRICA’s Watching The Vote (WTV) is the largest non-partisan and independent movement of citizens observers committed to electoral integrity and playing an active role in the Osun 2018 governorship election. On August 3rd 2018, YIAGA’s WTV deployed Long-Term Observation (LTOs) to Osun state to observe the pre-election environment. This report is the…

DULY ELECTED OR DULY PURCHASED? #WatchingTheVote Report on Vote Buying and Selling in the 2018 Ekiti Governorship Elections

Executive Summary Nigeria’s democracy is under threat following growing trend of vote buying and selling in elections. Capacity, competence and character are not parameters for assessing electoral candidates. Cash-for-vote or ‘see and buy’ is emerging as the major determinant of electoral choice. Besides being illegal as explicitly stated in Nigeria’s electoral laws, vote buying also…