Participation of Internally Displaced Persons in Electoral Processes in North-East Nigeria


In the lead-up to the national and state-level elections in Nigeria, the Protection Sector North-East Nigeria (PSNE) collected quantitative and qualitative data on the ability of different community members, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities, to participate in the elections. Protection data clearly shows that IDPs are disproportionately excluded from exercising their right to vote, including due to challenges associated with securing needed documentation, which is exacerbated by their displacement. Women IDPs are particularly affected. Ultimately, IDPs surveyed had higher levels of interest in voting compared to host communities and their ability to participate in elections is both a basic right as well as a critical dimension of realizing longer term durable solutions to displacement.