Electoral Violence and the Crisis of Democratic Experiment in Post-Colonial Nigeria

Ehinmore Omolere Monday Ph.D, Ehiabhi Odion Simon Ph.D

Abstract


 

This study discusses the peculiar nature of political participation as well as the attendant violence that characterize it in post independent Nigeria. Central to discussion is identification of the various factors which influence electoral violence and the extent to which it has inhibited national cohesion and democratic values. The study concludes that, Nigeria should produce selfless and visionary leaders, educated masses as well as operating within the frame work of true federalism so as to make appreciable improvement on her development strides. The study therefore recommends discouragement of use of money and material gift during elections, reduction of remuneration of political office seekers, commensurate punishment for culprits’ as well as independence of the independent Electoral Commission should be truly granted.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/journal.v2i5.108

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