Agbo, H. N. and Okoli, Rowland Chukwuma (2015) ELECTION MANAGEMENT AND DISENFRANCHISEMENT IN 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA: THE UNEXPLORED ISSUES. International Journal of Research in Arts and Social Sciences, 19 (1). pp. 78-89.

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This study examined the disenfranchisement of the masses by Nigeria‟s electoral management body in the 2015 General elections. Much of academic interest in electoral management in Nigeria has focused on election outcomes with particular emphasis on whether the elections were credible, violent, inconclusive etc. Accordingly, it is a general belief that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) succeeded in conducting credible elections in 2015 because the elections were considered relatively free and fair, and for the first time, the opposition party emerged victorious in the General elections. However, there remained some unexplored issues that require the systematic attention of scholars. This paper intervened by adopting the basic propositions arising from the theory of Institutional Legitimacy and examined the technical disenfranchisement of large number of eligible voters by INEC in the 2015 General elections. Qualitative-descriptive method of data collection and analysis together with the ex-post facto research design were employed in investigating the problem. The paper implicated institutional lapses in the massive disenfranchisement of eligible voters. Thus, the paper argued that the inability of INEC to ensure voting by large number of ad hoc staff saddled with election duties and the poor distribution of Permanent Voter‟s Card (PVCs) in some states translated to technical disenfranchisement of eligible voters. The study recommended that INEC should develop framework that enables every eligible registered voter to exercise his/her franchise in future elections.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2019 15:06
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2019 15:06
URI: http://eprints.gouni.edu.ng/id/eprint/1150

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