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A REVIEW OF ELECTION ADMINISTRATION AND DEMOCRATIC ORDER IN NIGERIA
15th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association, (NASA) (2010)
  • David O Moveh, Dr
Abstract

One basic assumption of contemporary liberal democratic theory is the efficient management of elections as a fundamental prerequisite for democratic order. Yet, the history of election administration in Nigeria is largely seen as a history of electoral fraud and violence. Indeed, there has been a linear relationship between Nigeria’s history of election administration and the inability to enthrone a democratic order in the country. However, the implications of Nigeria's electoral history for the enthronement of a democratic order is yet to be exhaustively explored. This paper is an effort in this regard. Following a critical analysis of the location of elections in liberal democratic theory and a categorisation of Nigerian General elections as transitory or consolidation elections, the paper substantiates the proposition that transitory elections have tended to be more free and fair than consolidation elections. Hence, the paper advocates for the necessity of electoral reforms which make the incumbency factor not amenable to exploitation during elections if democratic order is to be enthroned

Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
David O Moveh. "A REVIEW OF ELECTION ADMINISTRATION AND DEMOCRATIC ORDER IN NIGERIA" 15th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association, (NASA) (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david_moveh/15/