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Since Nigeria's 1999 transition from military to civilian rule, NDI has worked closely with civic and political organizations to support the development of the country's democratic institutions. In 2015 and 2011, NDI supported citizen election observer groups to conduct parallel vote tabulations (PVTs), which were the largest ever conducted in the world. NDI’s PVT partner also undertook a unique pre-election observation reporting project, marking the first time a citizen observation group collected systematic data in the pre-election phase. For the 2015 presidential poll and the off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, NDI partnered with the Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) and Nigerian musician 2face Idibia to launch “Vote Not Fight,” to encourage youth’s peaceful participation in elections.  

Also for the Kogi and Bayelsa elections, NDI and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) launched the “Stop Violence Against Women in Elections” (Stop-VAWIE) campaign to raise awareness and mitigate election motivated attacks against Nigerian women.

Currently, NDI is assisting civil society organizations representing marginalized populations to improve voter polling unit accessibility for persons with disabilities, mainstream gender in local government development projects, and support legislation to lower the age limit of political candidates. NDI is also working to strengthen women’s political participation through support for women in legislatures and political parties at the national and state levels.   

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