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Yiaga Africa - Elections

As an indispensable foundation of democracy, elections avail citizens the opportunity to exercise their franchise and participate in shaping how their society is governed. Competitive and democratic elections are central to democratic consolidation, political stability and legitimacy. Yiaga Africa has a four-pronged approach to election-related programming.

Our Values

Driven by Data: WatchingTheVote relies heavily on the use of SMS to provide real time election updates that validate the credibility of election results as well as elicit real time response from election stakeholders before, during and after elections.

For All Nigerians: #WatchingTheVote is designed as a movement of citizens observers with the capacity to gather data, detect fraud and escalate critical incidents that could potentially undermine the conduct of elections.

Beholden to None: #WatchingTheVote is undertaken in line with the inherent responsibility vested on citizens and civil society organizations to serve as watchdogs over electoral activities.

Our Approach

To facilitate data driven election programming, Yiaga Africa conducts quantitative and qualitative research on elections in Africa. In addition to contributing to the body of knowledge on elections, Yiaga Africa electoral research efforts drive advocacy on electoral reforms undertaken by election management bodies, parliaments, civil society, media etc. Yiaga Africa research findings are published in monographs, policy briefs, reports, newsletters and magazines.

In pursuit of its goal of enhancing the quality of elections, Yiaga Africa deploys citizens' observers to observe the conduct of elections at international and country level. This is informed by the ardent need to deepen electoral integrity and accountability. Our election observation programs cover key election activities like voter registration, political party congresses and candidate nomination processes, political campaigns, election day and post-election audit. Through Watching The Vote, a movement of citizen election observers, Yiaga Africa promotes the conduct of elections in line with democratic principles and global standards. Yiaga Africa conducts Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) for national and local elections in Nigeria.

Yiaga Africa delivers electoral assistance to election management bodies to improve their capacity to manage electoral operations, voter education, communications and stakeholder engagement. Yiaga Africa supports election management bodies and electoral institutes through capacity development programs and electoral policy design.

Yiaga Africa promotes active and sustained citizens participation in the electoral process through campaigns, workshops, web-based tools and traditional media. Yiaga Africa also runs periodic civic camps for first time voters in addition to democracy clubs established in high schools to mobilize young people for civic leadership


Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.