Investigative Series

Democracy Deferred

The 2023 Nigerian Presidential Election

Democracy Deferred is a series of investigative stories that raise pointed questions about the legitimacy of the 2023 Nigerian presidential election as well as the current status and future trajectory of democracy in Africa’s most populous nation. These stories are intended to be the most comprehensive journalistic investigation to date of Nigerian elections.

Produced by the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ) and members of its West Africa Hub.

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june 12, 2024

By Arinze Chijioke, Shehu Olayinka and Sodeeq Atanda

May 29, 2024 – Editorial

Many Nigerians yearn for the opportunity to participate in a peaceful voting process, where they can exercise their right to vote for leaders of their choice and witness the establishment of a national government that represents their rights, desires and aspirations.

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Ajibola Amzat
Photography by Akintunde Akinleye

Coming in July 2024

Exposing acts of intimidation and suppression

Investigating acts of violence against voters, leading to intimidation and suppression of votes.

Coming in AUGUST 2024

Investigating violations of law

Exploring breaches of the laws that govern the conduct of elections in Nigeria, including the Electoral Act of 2022, the Constitution, INEC guidelines, and international protocols to which Nigeria is a signatory.

Coming in September 2024

Exposing potential acts of electoral malfeasance

Investigating the election process and the final results announced by the Election Commission, INEC.

coming in october 2024

A deep dive into the data

A transparent look into the data and analysis for the investigations.


Visual, data-driven investigative journalism.

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We are committed to a model of journalism that holds investigative reporting, data science, and visual journalism as equal partners in producing reporting that focuses on vulnerable communities.

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