The Nigerian Election Working Group (NEWG)
We are filling the urgent need to ensure sustained support for reforms and improved election management.
As Nigerian democracy moves into these difficult stages of consolidation, the Nigerian Election Working Group (NEWG) proposes to fill thecentral gap that is the urgent need to ensure support for reformes and improved election management.
Essentially, the NEWG is designed to be a technical body that studies elections on a continuous basis and makes recommendations to diverse stakeholders. Often, election management bodies like INEC seek improvements in various aspects of election management and require technical and strategic inputs for that purpose.
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It is expected that they will bring together theoretical thinking, field experience and empirical information about elections to support improvements to the electoral process.
They include respected academics on elections, former leaders of Nigeria’s election management institutions, renowned and respected civil society practitioners and persons who have worked in electoral support with development partners.
The key beneficiaries of the work of the NEWG are the major election management institutions including the Election Management Body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies which secure elections, as well as election adjudication bodies.
In addition, the work of NEWG will be of immense benefit to civil society organizations working on elections, development partners who provide electoral support and therefore require reliable data and evidence-based research for their work. Finally, the work of NEWG would benefit researchers and teachers working on Nigerian elections.
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