INEC Election Observers Recruitment: How To Apply

The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution established the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), whose duties include organizing elections for the nation’s numerous political posts.

Job Title: Observer

Location: Nationwide


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hereby invites all interested parties, including registered Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and other interested parties whose work focuses on democracy, governance, and elections, to observe the elections in 2023, which are scheduled to take place as follows:

  • Visit ( and fill out the application before the 25th of February 2023 for the Presidential and National Assembly, and the 11th of March for the Governorship and States House of Assembly. Any prior correspondence with the Commission is unaffected by this.
  • The only accepted method of application continues to be the completion of the prescribed application form (EC 14A (1)).
  • Due to the aforementioned, interested observer groups should complete the EC14A (1) application form and submit it online together with the other required documentation (including evidence of past election observation).
  • In particular, observer organizations should be aware that the online application must be accompanied by all necessary details, including as legal status and proof of registration with the INEC Civil Society Desk in Abuja.
  • Falsification of any submitted documents will result in immediate disqualification and potential legal action.
  • The list of accredited observer organizations that were successful in their application will afterwards be made public on the Commission’s website and in national newspapers.
  • Each successful group would then be required to complete and submit online the Deployment of observer’s form (EC 14A (ii)).
  • Successful Observer groups should also note that passport photographs in JPEG format of their members to be deployed to the field shall be arranged on an Area Council basis and shall be submitted along with the deployment form (EC 14A (ii)). This is to enable the Commission to produce identification/accreditation tags for individual field observers.
  • Before obtaining their accreditation letters, all chosen observation groups must sign the indemnity form provided by the Commission.

Notes On Election Observation Exercise

Observer groups should note that the core principle of election observation as contained in relevant UN, AU, and ECOWAS treaties and protocols, as well as INEC guidelines on Election observation (2008), which includes impartiality, objective and non-partisanship should guide the conduct of observers during the election and any observer groups found compromise those principles be banned from future participation in election observation.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • In accordance with the prevailing circumstance in the country, accredited observer groups are expected to comply with all the regulations and protocols on COVID-19 as issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC Presidential Task Force, including INEC guidelines on COVID-19 including the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks, hand gloves, and hand sanitisers, as well as maintain Social distancing by all their members that will operate in the field on Election Day.
  • Details of COVID-19 Protocols as it relates to the election are available at (, Please be guided accordingly.

How To Apply

Interested and qualified Candidates/groups (Observer) should:
Click here to apply

Deadline: 14th October 2022.

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