Since 1998, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has worked to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian election management bodies, such as the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) and the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) and other local partners, to promote credible, inclusive and transparent elections at national and local levels. IFES provides support on electoral operations, election dispute resolution, political finance monitoring and voter and civic education. IFES also focuses on improving and monitoring the electoral dispute resolution system and increasing the capacity of civil society to analyze, monitor and advocate against electoral violence.

IFES’ key areas of work in Nigeria have been:

  • Local and national elections
  • Voter education
  • Electoral security assistance
  • Inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups in electoral processes
  • Electoral alternative dispute resolution processes
  • Conflict monitoring and peacebuilding
  • Political finance