AN EXPLORATION OF THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA: A REVIEW OF THE LEGAL WORK

AN EXPLORATION OF THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA: A REVIEW OF THE LEGAL WORK

Author by Dr. Nzeribe E. Abangwu

Journal/Publisher: European Journal Of Politics And Research Development

Volume/Edition: 7

Language: English

Pages: 62 - 68

Abstract

Elections in Nigeria, particularly from1999 after the armed forces hand over toma democratically elected government, the political authority have continued to be the foremost system of accomplishing justifiable ruling. Nigerian electoral system has been modelled after American democratic system. However, whether this electoral replica has improved democratic system in Nigeria and Africa as a whole is controvercial. It must be clearly stated that ballot snatching, vote buying, distribution of food items for the purposes of winning elections always occur and the 2019 general elections is not an exception. Hence, the main focus of to this article is to anlyse the synopsis of elections in Nigeria and review the legal framework. From this point of view, a reonance electoral progression is intended to accomplish four essential objectives  which are accountable and responsible leadership, openness, communal fairness and passionately pertaking electorate. The western world from where Nigeria copied its electoral system has significantly perfected the procedures desirable for their own environment to accomplish the afformentioned objectives while Nigeria is still battling to achieve the afforementioned goals as evidenced from numerous election petitions that trails every election. The methodology adopted is doctrinal and secondary research method involving the use of published scholarly books, journals, internet materials, daily news papers, magazines and encyclopedia. At this juncture, the research recommended among other things that the electoral sanity can be accomodated through developing fundamental apparatus such as the tenet of law, parliamentary sovereignty  and headship that reverence public views.


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