January 2021: Breaking New grounds and Making a Difference

Dear Friend,

This year will be defined by Leadership, Excellence, Resilience and Breaking New Grounds. Our goal for 2021 is to manifest our commitment to evolving beyond our limits as we enable citizens to reclaim power through organized collective action, electoral participation and civic engagement. Your partnership, solidarity and support will be crucial to our aspiration this year and beyond.

Yiaga Africa Brainstorming and Strategy Session for 2021

We have already set 2021 in motion at our annual brainstorming and strategy session in January as our team of experts in Governance and Development, Elections and Legislative Engagement are raring to kick off the year with impactful interventions. Amongst our agenda is to provide leadership in harnessing collective citizen action in governance as well as critically analyse development trends, challenges and its impact especially on young people across Africa. Similarly, through our center for legislative engagement, we will continue to enhance citizens’ engagement with the legislature and empower state and non-state actors with knowledge to promote legislative accountability. Also, our elections team remains committed to promoting electoral Integrity and citizens participation in the election process.

 

Beating the Odds: Experiences of Young Elected Leaders

Beating The Odds documents some of the inspiring experiences of young men and women who ran and won elections either into the House of Representatives or the State Houses of Assembly during Nigeria’s 2019 general elections. The experiences demonstrated resilience, strategy, effective communication, community and resource mobilization, persistence and faith in beating the odds faced by young men and women in the 2019 general elections. This will indeed inspire young budding citizens with competence, character and capacity to step out of their comfort zones and confront the challenges that seek to exclude the youth from political leadership on account of being too young to lead. Beating The Odds will be made available to young leaders in various arms of government, aspiring leaders and every stakeholder interested in youth participation in politics.

                     

FixElectionsNG: All Eyes on National Assembly as Citizens Demand New Electoral Act

Nigerian citizens have their eyes set on the National Assembly especially the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission and other electoral matters ahead of further deliberations on a new electoral act. The committees recently held a technical session to deliberate on recommendations for electoral amendment ahead of its proposed resumption. Having engaged citizens on electoral amendment and electoral reform in recent times, we have galvanised recommendations that should be considered as priorities to ensure improvement in Nigeria’s electoral process.

See Citizens’ top 10 priorities on electoral amendment act HERE

Citizens Top Priority on Electoral Act amendement

 

100 Days after Lekki Shooting, Justice Evading Victims

100 days since innocent protesters were reportedly shot at, by armed security men at Lekki toll gates, victims and their families cry for justice. After initial denial of involvement in the controversial incident, the Nigerian army admitted being present at the venue of the shooting but denied shooting at protesters. However, media investigations by credible media houses both in Nigeria and abroad providing intriguing incites on brutality on citizens by Armed security personnel. The report further demonstrates the role of the media in the protection of human rights and promoting accountability by the government. Despite initial effort to clampdown on some media by regulating bodies, the media has remained steadfast in reporting police brutality from the angle of victims while amplifying the need for justice.

READ MORE on EndSARS Movement through Media Lens

 

 

Updates on Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality

In our consistent effort in demanding justice for victims of police brutality in Nigeria, we continue to provide information and provide recommendations for the ongoing Judicial Panels of Inquiry to promote accountability. Our weekly report on the EndSARS judicial Panels of inquiry provides information on petitions received, information on victims of police brutality and evidence provided. We will share a policy brief with all stakeholders to follow up with implementation of citizens’ demand in a bid to end Police brutality.

Read our latest report on the Judicial Panel of Inquiry HERE

 

INEC Release Time Table for Anambra Governorship Election

The release of the elections time table for the November Anambra Governorship signifies the preparation of our election team to observe the process from the pre-election to post-election stages. Through our WatchingTheVote project, we will continue to build citizens’ confidence in the process and provide information to enable citizens to participate effectively.

 

Anambra Poll: Time is Running Out for Passage of Electoral Act – Moshood Isah

The moment the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the timetable for the 2021 Anambra Governorship Elections, one would think the National Assembly would at least show more anxiety to resume from its recess and get to work to speed-up the passage of a new electoral act. Thus, the news that the National Assembly has postponed its resumption from January 26th to February 9th, 2021 is not cheering news as far as the plight of the electoral amendment is concerned.

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Ugandan Election Debacle and Sit-Tight Syndrome of African Leaders – Chinemerem Onuorah

The violence and human rights violations that were reportedly perpetrated by the incumbent President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni against main opposition parties is a microcosm of how some African leaders react to the slightest threat to their long reign in power. Mr Museveni has just been elected as President for the 6th term in controversial circumstances but his main opposition, 38-year old Bobi Wine is still under house arrest on the orders of the President. The young legislator who dared to challenge the status-quo is still licking his wounds as state security has barricaded him and his family from the outside world. This was preceded by total shutdown of the internet amidst massive reported election rigging.

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In case you missed it

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