FACT CHECK: Did Obi’s lawyers inform court that LP’s star witnesses were sick?
FACT CHECK: Did CBN devalue the Naira to 630/$1?
FACT CHECK: Multiple false claims trail Emdee Tiamiyu’s controversial BBC interview
FACT CHECK: Did Nigeria spend $10 billion on fuel subsidy in 2022 as claimed by Shettima?
FACT CHECK: Completion of Second Niger Bridge, other legacy infrastructure projects
FACT CHECK: Reducing terrorism and banditry
FACT CHECK: Provision of Enabling Environment for Private Sector Business
FACT CHECK: Did Buhari’s Administration Provide Succour for Poor Nigerians to Earn a Living
FACT CHECK: Nigeria’s Economy had Become Resilient to External Shocks due to Policies Put in Place by the Outgoing Administration.
FACT CHECK: Did Buhari, Dabiri describe Nigerians as lazy, cultists and drug dealers?
FACT CHECK: Does picture show a charging cord attached to Bola Tinubu’s arm?
FACT CHECK: Bode George makes multiple claims, how true are they?
FACT CHECK: Is the use of phones disallowed at the presidential election petition tribunal?
FACT CHECK: Bola Tinubu won only five states in the 2023 presidential election?
FACT CHECK: Did Ganduje Mention Plans To Scuttle Presidential Tribunal Verdict In Leaked Audio?
FACT CHECK: Femi Adesina made multiple claims in his fact sheet, how true are they?
FACT CHECK: How true are these claims by Ben Ayade?
FACT CHECK: Did security agents prevent Peter Obi’s supporters from accessing the Tribunal Court?
FACT CHECK: Garba Sheu releases press statement with multiple claims
CDD Election Observation
Election observation is a valuable tool for improving the quality of elections. Observers help build public confidence in the honesty of electoral processes. Observation can help promote and protect the civil and political rights of participants in elections. It can lead to the correction of errors or weak practices, even while an election process is still under way. It can deter manipulation and fraud, or expose such problems if they do occur.
When observers can issue positive reports, it builds trust in the democratic process and enhances the legitimacy of the governments that emerge from elections. Election observation by domestic groups encourages civic involvement in the political process. Following elections, reports and recommendations by observer groups can lead to changes and improvements in national law and practice.
Observation takes on heightened importance in post-conflict countries, in which groups that have been contesting on the battlefield may harbour strong suspicions of the political system and the election process. In such cases, observation makes an important contribution to peace-building, since creating confidence in elections can help promote national reconciliation and sound democratic practices. Election observation by CDDFactcheck or other intergovernmental organizations can be especially helpful when domestic observer organizations do not have sufficient strength or resources to organize effective monitoring efforts, or when the impartiality of domestic observers is in question, as may often be the case in post-conflict countries or new democracies.
However, international observers are typically less knowledgeable about the country they are observing, and a few may bring their own biases to the observation. In extraordinary circumstances international observers or supervisors in post-conflict countries may even be given the authority to certify or invalidate election results. Generally, however, observers have no power to interfere in the election process, but may only observe, assess and report.