Nigeria will hold general elections on Saturday, February 25, 2023, for presidential and National Assembly elections. Elections for 28 of the 36 governorships and State Houses of Assembly will follow on Saturday, March 11. The elections mark 24 years of uninterrupted democracy—the longest span in Nigeria’s history. They will serve as a critical transfer of power, as President Muhammadu Buhari has served two mandates and is ineligible to seek another four-year term.
The 2023 general elections will have regional implications for West Africa, as successful elections within Nigeria can provide a positive electoral template in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region. Since 2020, the West African region has faced democratic backsliding, with the ECOWAS governments of Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso toppled by military juntas. A successful election in Nigeria could counter negative perceptions of governance within the region. Successful elections in Nigeria will also set a positive example for the continent, given they will be the first and largest African elections in 2023.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Nigeria: 2023 General Elections.
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Additionally, visit IFES’s Election Guide for the most comprehensive and timely verified election information available online.