Roundtable on the 2023 Nigerian Elections
On 25th February and 11th March 2023, Nigerians are called to the polls for the sixth time since the return to multipartism in 1999. These elections will take place in a tense context and expectations are running high regarding the growing insecurity and the economic crisis Nigeria is facing. To understand better what is at stakes, IFRA-Nigeria is organising a roundtable on 8 December 2022 gathering researchers working on various issues related to the 2023 elections.
As Nigeria prepares to hold its seventh consecutive general election in February 2023, insecurity, cyberbullying, voter inducement, hate speech, and destruction of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) sensitive materials have become key issues. There are indications that armed groups in the northeast, northwest and southeast where banditry, terrorism, and secessionist agitations are rampant will be instrumentalized to perpetrate political violence during the general election. Already, attacks on campaign convoys, denial of rally venues, and online bullying by party supporters are markers of a violent election. Holding credible polls in an environment that guarantees the security of voters and electoral officers is a task that should be accomplished by all Nigerians. The round table discussion on the 2023 general election organized by the Institute of French Research in Africa (IFRA) and Nigeria Watch will provide insights on issues of election fraud, corruption, information management and campaign frames, gender and vulnerable ones and political violence before and during the election.
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9-9.10am / Arrival of Guests
9.10-9.30am / Welcome address by Dr Seun Olutayo (Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan) & Dr Barbara Morovich (Director, IFRA-Nigeria)
9.30-9.40am / Remarks by Professor A.I. Pogoson (Chairperson of the event)
9.40-9.50am / Introduction of the discussants by Mrs Abiola Ayodokun (Deputy Project Manager, Nigeria Watch)
9.50-10.30am / Dr Adeola Adams: 'Early Warning indicators prior to the 2023 general election'
10.30-11.10am / Dr David Enweremadu: 'Election fraud and corruption'
11.10-11.40am / Questions and Answers
11.40-11.50am / Tea Break
11.50am-12.30pm / Dr Victor Eze: 'Campaign frames and voters' choice in Nigeria'
12.30-1.10pm / Mrs Omobola Thompson: 'Engagement of the vulnerable and less privileged in the 2023 election'
1.10-1.40pm / Questions and Answers
1.40-1.50pm / Conclusion by Dr Cyrielle Maingraud-Martinaud (IFRA-Nigeria)
1.50-2pm / Vote of thanks by Mr Ukoji Vitus (Project Manager, Nigeria Watch)
2-2.30pm / Lunch