African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 366

Article in Press

Vote Trading, Voters Behaviour and Electoral Governance in Nigeria

Peter O. IRABOR and Kayode, W. OLAWOYIN

  •  Received: 30 September 2019
  •  Accepted: 06 March 2020
The objective of this study is to assess the impact of vote trading on voters behaviour, and examine the implications of vote trading on electoral governance in Osun State 2018 governorship election in Nigeria. A survey of questionnaire administration was employed to elicit information from voters and ad-hoc staff officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that participated in the election. Results obtained from descriptive statistics (mean values) provide strong evidence that vote trading has significant impact on voters behaviour, especially from low income earners. The study also found that vote trading has implications on electoral governance as perceived in lack of transparency and accountability that distorts electoral process and democratic governance. Preliminary conclusion is that vote trading affect the outcome of election and therefore, is a counter-productive practice. Beyond this, the study submit that vote trading reduces the probability of viable electoral governance and violate electoral rules through excessive spending and inducement of voters.

Keywords: Vote Trading, Vote Buying, Vote Selling, Voters’ Behaviour, Electoral Governance