VOTE BUYING AND ELECTION ADMINISTRATION IN KOGI STATE: A REVIEW OF THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTION IN LOKOJA METROPOLIS
Keywords:Vote-Buying, Election, Election Administration, General Election, Democracy
The menace of vote buying in elections in Nigeria is one that cannot be overemphasized. This is because elections are conducted every 4 years and if votes are been bought in each and every election, it raises questions about the integrity of any elections conducted in the country. Kogi state is not left out. This study assessed the 2019 general elections in Lokoja, Kogi state with the main aim of understanding the causes of vote buying and its impact on the credibility of elections. The theory adopted by the paper is the rational choice theory which shows the extent certain persons go to gain and retain political power. Primary and secondary sources of data were used as methods of collecting data. While questionnaires were distributed to get primary source, secondary sources were derived from books, journals, newspapers, internet information etc. The study discovered the existence of vote buying in the start due to high poverty rate and low political orientation and the consequence of vote buying is that it erodes the credibility of elections which invariably impedes on the growth of democracy. The study recommends that the electoral umpire needs to educate the electorates prior to any election on the dangers of vote buying and all other election malpractices.
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