One feature that distinguishes democracy from other forms of government is the conduct of periodic free and fair elections. Elections are critical to the survival of democracy because they avail citizens the opportunity to exercise their franchise and participate in shaping how their society is governed. YIAGA has a decade experience in working on elections. YIAGA’s election program seeks to increase citizens participation in the electoral process throughout the electoral.
We also facilitate and intensify the demand for electoral in a bid to deepen electoral democracy in Africa. This is made possible through the provision of strategic support to election management bodies and other election stakeholders. YIAGA runs an electoral research program aimed at contributing to the body of knowledge on elections and youth participation. YIAGA runs of the most comprehensive and systematic electoral integrity program called Watching The Vote.
Watching The Vote as a citizen led election observation initiative aimed at enhancing the integrity of elections in Nigeria using technological tools like SMS and evidence-based research methodology tools for election observation. The initiative is designed to promote credible elections and boost citizens’ confidence in the electoral process through citizens’ observation of electoral activities in the electoral cycle. YIAGA is enhancing the quality of democracy in Africa using Watching The Vote as a platform for promoting cutting-edge electoral policies, credible elections, civic participation and institution building. YIAGA manages a network of 6400 voluntary young citizen observers.