Recently, history was made in Nigeria when the President of Nigeria signed into law an age reduction bill that reduced the age qualification for running for office in the Nigerian constitution. The passage of the age reduction bill opens a new vista in our democratic process anchored on the principles of inclusion, participation and representation of young men and women in the democratic space.

We, the young citizens of Nigeria who constitute over 60% of Nigeria’s population and 54% of registered voters, acknowledge that the right to political participation is a constitutionally guaranteed right exercised through voting at elections or running for public office and believe that increased representation of young men and women and persons with disability in political office will enhance the quality of democracy and governance.
The Not Too Young To Run Movement is organizing a National Day of Action on 8 August 2018 in the Federal Capital Territory and across the 36 states in the country. The National Day of Action is a day set aside to engage political parties.

  • Date: Wednesday 8 August 2018, 8:00am
  • 36 States and FCT
  • RSVP: +234 8086988636, +234 7037879209
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Assessing the 2018 Sierra Leone Elections: Successes, Challenges and lessons for Africa

The Republic of Sierra Leone conducted its general elections to elect the President, Parliament and local councils. The Presidential election was inconclusive as no candidate secured 55% of the vote to win the first round. In line with constitutional stipulations, presidential run-off election was conducted on March 28, 2018. Julius Maada Bio of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) won the run-off elections against ruling party’s Dr. Samura Kamara after securing 51.8% of the votes. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) received commendations for ensuring credible and transparent elections amidst intrigues, controversies and violence.

YIAGA AFRICA is hosting this roundtable to reflect on the successes, challenges and lessons from Sierra Leone elections.

Madam Miatta L. French
Electoral Commissioner, National Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone

Commissioner Miatta Lilly French is in charge of the Western Region, she is the oversight Commissioner responsible for the overall supervision and control of the Media & External Relation (including Political Party & Stakeholder Relations), Human Resource, Gender and Disability Departments. Special Assignment for Commissioner French include to oversee NEC’s 2016 deliverables (Ministry of Finance and Economic Development).

  • Date: Wednesday 11 April 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Venue: Anambra Hall, Treasure Suites & Conferences, Beside Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja
  • RSVP: +234 805 760 3144, +234 810 251 9393
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