Challenges of Citizen Elections Observation in Nigeria: A Historical Perspective

  • Greene Ifeanyichukwu Eleagu Political Science Department, Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria
  • Gloria Obiageri Eleagu Department of Social Studies, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Keywords: Citizen observation, Election, Democracy, Opposition, Violence

Abstract

The near six decades of Nigeria as an independent nation has been fraught with instability arising essentially from attempts at democracy through periodic elections. These elections have been largely chacterized by hooliganism, ballot-snatching, theft of election materials, kidnapping of political opponents, assassination of political rivals, arson, assault and physical destruction of election materials and even intimidation and outright molestation or killing of election officials. This paper therefore went down the memory lane to establish and, using the Marxist theory of state attempt to explain, the pattern of elections that have characterized democracy in Nigeria and locate the place of citizen observers in Nigerian elections.

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Published
2019-10-31
How to Cite
Eleagu, G. I., & Eleagu, G. O. (2019). Challenges of Citizen Elections Observation in Nigeria: A Historical Perspective. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 15(29), 51. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2019.v15n29p51