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Election Violence and Democracy in Nigeria A Study of the 2011 and 2015 General Elections in Lagos State

KALU, TONY OGECHI and Covenant University, Theses (2018) Election Violence and Democracy in Nigeria A Study of the 2011 and 2015 General Elections in Lagos State. Masters thesis, COVENANT UNIVERSITY.

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This study examined election violence and democracy in Nigeria with focus on the 2011 and 2015 general elections in Lagos State. To achieve this objective, the study used primary source (interview) for data collection. A sample of two (2) electoral officers; two (2) Lagos State Executive Leaders each from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and major opposition party the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were selected and interviewed at different locations in Lagos. The data obtained from the respondents were analysed. The study was anchored on the Frustration Aggression Theory by Dollard et al in understanding the rational for engaging in electoral violence. The study adopts a qualitative method based on historical research design. Data were gathered through primary (key informant interview) and secondary sources. The primary data were derived from oral interviews conducted physically with electoral officers of INEC and executive leaders of (APC) and (PDP). Three research questions were raised and answered, the results revealed that election violence was caused by many factors including; inadequate voter education, voters’ bribery, rumour of rigging, among others. It was found that election violence had social, economic and political implications, which discourages both local and foreign investment in Lagos State. Thus, electoral violence has serious implications on the socio-economic development of Lagos State. Therefore, the study recommends among others that political leaders should play positive roles in building effective government through their constitutional duties and mandates.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Violence, Aspirants, Democracy, Election, Electoral Violence, Lagos State, Nigeria.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 12:19
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 12:19

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