By Maliki Duro, Abuja.
The joint Nigeria International Election Observation Mission of the
National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican
Institute (IRI) released it final report on the 2019 Nigerian Election. The
final report is a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process and
includes important recommendations ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 general election.
The final report build on the finding and recommendations of three
pre-election assessment missions in July 2018, September 2018, December
2018 as well as preliminary statement released following the February
23,2019 presidential and national Assembly election and the March 9, 2019
gubernatorial and state house of assembly election.
The IRI/NDI mission concluded it activities in accordance with Nigerian law
and the Declaration of principles for International Election Observation.
The IRI/NDI observation mission concluded that the 2019 election did not
meet the expectations of many Nigerians. The last-minute postponement of
the presidential and national Assembly election on the morning of Feb. 16
and delays in opening some polling units and other administrative
challenges on Feb. 23 undermined public confidence in the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The 2019 general elections fell significantly short of standards set in
- Citizens confidence in elections was shaken, said Dr. Daniel Twining,
The 2019 elections highlighted for many Nigerians the need for a national
conversation about the country’s democratization since the 1999 transition
to civilian rule, said ambassador Derek Mitchell, NDI president, we hope
this report may both spur and contribute to enriching that national
The final report provides recommendations to enhance the credibility of
elections in Nigeria going forward, including areas of improvement for
political party conduct, civic engagement, election security, and legal
frameworks around election dispute.