Upcoming Activities

  • 2018 Activities

  • Overseeing the judiciary, whose role?
  • Towards review of MOU between INEC and NURTW
  • Monitoring of Political Party Financing
  • Youth Leadership programme "Open Minds, Young Voices"
  • Participative Planning and Monitoring of Election Promises in Local Governments
  • Looking left, walking right. Ideology in the Labour Movement in Nigeria
  • Sale of a State - Privatisation in Nigeria
  • The Struggle for Democratic Space, Labour and the Socio-Economic Liberation of Nigeria
  • Climate Change and Industrialisation
  • “Hunger and Poverty Alert for Trade Unions in West Africa "
  • Social Protection Floor in Nigeria

  • Past Activities

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Tackle insecurity in the 2015 general elections

FES/INEC Workshop on Security Abuja

The 2011 general elections in Nigeria were adjudged to be the freest and fairest in the history of the country. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had made unprecedented efforts to improve the security situation at elections, especially through the formation of the Interagency Consultative Committee on Elections Security (ICCES) after a joint INEC-FES workshop in October 2010. Despite the improvements, Africa’s most populated country experienced heavy post-election violence. Several hundred people lost their lives, thousands got displaced.

FES Nigeria and INEC have therefore started to work together to tackle security issues in the 2015 general elections. M.D Abubakar, the Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police Force, complimented INEC and FES in doing so: “The timing of this workshop would definitely place all the stakeholders at vantage position, to prepare very well, despite the emerging and daunting security challenges presently faced by the country.” Officially titled “Security Challenges of Election Management: Matters Arising from 2011 and Anticipating 2015” the workshop brought together the relevant stakeholders. Among others, high-ranking representatives of the National Security Adviser, the military, intelligence agencies and the National Youth Service Corps participated in the workshop.

In his Keynote Address, INEC Chairman Professor Attahiru Jega stressed the importance to guarantee secure elections and pointed out the significance of inter-agency cooperation: “It is important to continue the operations of ICCES and ensure its effectiveness at the State and especially the Local Government Levels.” According to Thomas Maettig, Country Representative of FES Nigeria, the workshop hold on the 29th and 30th of August in Abuja had given experts the opportunity to present research findings and INEC the opportunity to listen to and discuss views of the stakeholders. “Furthermore the invitation of Lilian B. Mahiri-Zaja, Vice-Chairperson, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, from Kenya enabled the participants to discuss best practices and similarities in the two countries”, said Maettig.

After two days with presentations and intensive discussions to various topics, a roundtable with the different stakeholders and a review of the publication of the 2010 workshop, the 70 participants agreed on a Final Communiqué with observations and recommendations. You can read the Communiqué HERE . See some selected media reportage on the workshop below: