VOTING BEHAVIOUR OF CITIZENS IN EKITI AND OSUN STATES,

VOTING BEHAVIOUR OF CITIZENS IN EKITI AND OSUN STATES,

Author by Dr. Victor Adetoyese Adesiyan

Journal/Publisher: Lambert Academic Publishing

Volume/Edition: 2

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 75

Abstract

Democracy, a form of government where people are ruled directly or indirectly. However, Nigeria’s culture of democratic system seems disturbing because of electoral malpractices which makes winners atimes not the real choice of the people. Such has greatly affected voting behaviour and orientation of the people. In a bid to determined what prompts people to vote despite obvious irregularities, Osun and Ekiti State 2018 Gubernatorial elections were examined as a guide of Nigeria’s elections. The study adopted mixed methods of quantitative and qualitative research. Data were collected through structured questionnaire and interview, because of in-depth information on people’s opinions, experiences and feelings required; 230 copies of questionnaire were distributed, 100 each retrieved. 15 political participants each were interviewed both at Osun and Ekiti States. Findings revealed that men were more politically participatory than women, vote-buying, quest for change in government, religion affinity, and political candidature among other factors affected greatly people’s voting behavioral in both states. Study therefore recommended that violence should be totally reduced in elections, the entire electoral process should be computerized, internal party democracy should be practiced, punitive measures should be adopted on electoral violators; this will improve people’s voting behaviour towards achieving better democratic dividends.


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