To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the (a) independence of the electoral commission in Nigeria and (b) strengthening of civil society in that country.
16 December 2020
The UK has provided technical expertise to Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission. More broadly, between 2014 and 2022, the UK has committed to provide £57.4m of funding through the "Deepening Democracy in Nigeria" programme to improve voter participation, participatory governance and management of the electoral process. During the 2019 elections, we also deployed 60 staff from the British High Commission to 15 states to observe the presidential elections, and 37 staff observed the gubernatorial elections in 11 states.
Our High Commission works closely with civil society organisations in Nigeria on a range of priorities. On elections, for example, we have contributed to building civil society networks through the 'Civil Society Situation Room', a coalition of over 70 civil society organisation which monitors state and federal elections, and advocates for free, fair and transparent electoral processes. We have successfully worked with the Situation Room to promote the use of technology for voter education and strengthen domestic observation and oversight of elections.