Elections are part of any democratic process. Nigeria is a democratic country; however, local politicians like to play ‘dirty’ games. What are the electoral malpractices in Nigeria? Is it possible to prevent any manipulations and make the process completely free and fair? Let us talk about the causes and effects of this popular phenomenon popularly called ‘rigging.’
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The 2019 elections in Nigeria has been met with so many speculations trailing the preparation process. From INEC offices getting burnt to various forms of violence being reported in different states. Barely 24 hours to the already postponed elections, about 66 people were killed which included 22 children and 12 mothers in Kaduna state. Right now another case of a faked election result has been reported.
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According to GISTMANIA, a man who identified himself as Gaius was on Fri caught with INEC sensitive documents and result sheets that gave PDP victory ahead of Saturdays presidential and national assembly polls. Mr. Gaius who was apprehended in Umuahia by the police, during interrogation identified his boss as Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu Special Assistant to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on youth and the focal person on N- Power in Abia state.
The middle-aged man who was caught with various INEC sensitive materials, as well as already prepared result sheets and Governor Ikpeazu’s letterheads, admitted that the documents belong to his boss Mr.
Chinenye Nwaogu and that he’s only on an errand for his boss and the PDP.
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He further admitted that the governor was in the know of his mission, asked if he knew the implication of what he has done, he affirmed, but said if he does not carry out the assignment of delivering the documents especially the result sheets to the INEC that his boss will be mad at him and will stop him from further enjoying the federal government N-Power grants that he has been getting.
Fair elections have become like fairy tales in Nigeria. Free elections are also something many citizens do not believe in. This happens not just in Nigeria but also in different other ‘young’ democracies. What are the causes of this problem? How to understand the term? Is there something you can personally do to prevent bad practices in your city or state? So many interesting questions are truly worth your attention.
Elections in Nigeria All local elections are surrounded by rumours about unfairness and malpractices. The most commonly used examples of ‘bad’ activities that take place before, during, and right after elections include the following:
- Illegal usage of ballot boxes
- Illegal printing of voter’s cards
- Results falsification
- Stuffing ballot boxes with fake ballot papers
- Votes Manipulations with registration of voters
Rumours about manipulations and malpractices have been around Nigerian elections even since 1959. This is the problem in many countries globally. Kindly share your thoughts with us in the comment section below and don’t forget to share.
SOURCE: GISTMANIA/ LEGIT NEWS / ADERONKE BAMIDELE
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