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: 403

Article in Press

Voters’ Education And Credible Election In Nigeria: Issues And Challenges Of 2019 General Elections

Saheed Olasunkanmi ODUOLA, Bana SAWANEH and Hayatullah Boladale HASSAN

  •  Received: 02 August 2019
  •  Accepted: 21 November 2019
Following the transition from military dictatorship to democracy, the Nigerian-state has suffered several electoral misconducts since 1999. In an attempt to stop this ugly trend, voters’ education and effective electoral institution remain integral to a successful conduct of the electoral process especially, in a bid to grow and sustain the democratic process in Nigeria. Albeit, voters’ education has been acknowledged as a means of sanitising as well as educating citizens on democratic principles. However, the just concluded 2019 elections were visibly marred by violence, vote buying, logistics and operational debacles and massive rigging. Therefore, this paper examined the import of voters’ education on credible election in Nigeria. The study is however sourced predominantly from secondary sources of data. It concludes by recognising the need for viable or credible electoral system as well as the inauguration of Electoral Crime Commission charged with the prosecution of electoral offenders especially regarding vote buying.

Keywords: Voters’ Education; Credible Election; Electoral Institution; Electoral Malpractices; Democratic principles