Nigeria’s National Youth Policy for 2019

The National Youth Policy represents a declaration and commitment to the priorities, directions and practical supports that a country intends to provide for the development of its young men and women. It is a concrete and bold step to put the development and participation of youth at the centre of national development efforts. It is indicative of the readiness of the Government and people of Nigeria to meet the needs and aspirations of the youth as well as seek a solution to their problems.

It sets guidelines and provides the framework for all stakeholders to
empower the youth to realise their potentialities and take advantage of the opportunities available to make positive contributions to the well-being of their communities across the entire country.

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Youth Candidacy in the 2019 General Elections Report

Nigeria has conducted five general elections since the return to civil rule; 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. The five elections were noted for the low levels of youth participation as candidates. This situation was in part due to the 1999 Constitution which placed minimum age limits for those wishing to contest the following elective positions and seats; President 40 years, Senate, 35 years, House of Representatives, 30 years, Governors, 35 years and State Houses of Assembly, 30 years. The constitutional age requirements shut the door on Nigerian youth who constitute a majority of the population and registered voters.


legality of INEC


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 candidates for the 2019 General Elections as stipulated in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for 2019 General Elections released by INEC in January 2018.

As contained in the Timetable, political parties were mandated to conduct primaries to nominate candidates for various elective positions in the 2019  General Elections between August 18th and  October 7th 2018. By virtue of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), political parties seeking to nominate candidates for any election must hold primaries (direct or indirect primaries) to nominate candidates. Even where there is only one aspirant in a political party for an elective position, a political party is still mandated by section 87(6) of the Electoral Act to convene a special convention or congress to ratify the aspirant’s
nomination. Consequently, complying with the deadline to hold primaries as stipulated in the Timetable is a mandatory step for every political party seeking to participate in the 2019 General election.

Download the Full detailed discussion paper the Constitutional Power of INEC and its legality to bar political parties from fielding candidates for elections

Legality of INEC Decision to Decline List of Party Candidates


WTV Party primary reports

WatchingTheVote Report on the Observation of Party Primaries for 2019 Elections

YIAGA AFRICA, is a civic non-governmental organization promoting democracy, governance and development in Africa through advocacy, research and capacity building. Our mission is to build democratic societies anchored on the principles of inclusion, justice, transparency and accountability. Our thematic areas of work include Elections; Legislative Engagement; Youth and Accountability & Justice. YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote is Nigeria’s largest citizens-led electoral integrity movement dedicated to the promotion of credible elections, civic participation and democratic accountability. YIAGA AFRICA has been involved in election observation since 2007 and it is one of the leading organizations working on elections in Nigeria.

Download Full Report of YIAGA AFRICA’s Watching The Vote Party Primaries Observation Below

Watching The Vote Report on Party Primaries for 2019 Elections 

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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
third in a series of four (4) to be released by YIAGA, which also highlights findings of observations from the first and second reporting phase. In the previous pre-election environment’s report, we presented our findings regarding activities of major political actors, voter education campaigns, activities of marginalized groups and threats of violence. Now, in the third period, the concerns in pre-election observations include building early warning signs, informed advocacy and documenting stakeholders’ engagements in the pre-elections environment.

Summary of Findings:

Compared to the first and second reporting period, there is an impressive preparations by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the entire state (29 of the 30 LGAs);

Voter education activities undertaken by both INEC and CSOs were observed during the current reporting period. However, YIAGA WTV LTOs were not exposed to voter education workshop by either INEC or CSOs in Olorunda, Atakumosa East, Ife South, Ife Central, Ife East, Ilesha West, Oriade, Ayedaade,Ayedire, Ede North, Egbedore, Ejigbo, Iwo and Ola-Oluwa LGAs;

Voter education programming and messaging targeted at marginalized groups such as: youth, women and people with disabilities (PWDs) has been consistently observed by WTV LTOs since August 3rd 2018 in Atakumosa East,Atakumosa West, Boluwaduro, Ede North, Ede South, Ife South, Ife North, Ifedayo, Ifelodun, Ilesha West, Irepodun, Isokan, Odo-tin,
Ola-Oluwa, Orolu and Osogbo LGAs; Partisan Senior Civil Servants were observed canvassing for votes for political candidates’ in Boluwaduro, Osogbo, Atakumosa East, Irewole and Iwo LGAs;

Violations of the Electoral Act were observed in some LGAs of the state. These include;
Voter inducement through the distribution of money and gift items by politicians and their supporters in Boluwaduro, Boripe, Ifedayo, Ifelodun, Irepodun, Odo-Otin, Olorunda, Osogbo, Ife East, Ife North, Ife South, Ilesha West, Ayedire, Ejigbo, Irewole and Iwo LGAs of the state,
Violent physical/verbal attacks in Boluwaduro, Ifedayo, Ifelodun, Ila, Irepodun, Osogbo, Ilesha West, Atakumosa West, Atakumosa East and Ife North LGA. Inciting statements in Orolu and Iwo LGAs and
Vandalism or destruction of properties in Ilesha West, Isokan. Atakumosa West, Atakumosa East, Ifedayo,and Iwo LGAs

Hate speech, violence or intimidation against candidates or people because of their age was reported in Boluwaduro LGA and hate speech against political candidates or their supporters because they have a disability was reported in Atakumosa West LGA.