Eberechukwu Ekemma Omezue-Nnali


Every democratic government entails the rule by the people for the good of all the people; that is to say, the people willfully choose their leaders/representatives to pioneer their affairs in government. The process whereby a given population choses a few persons to represent them needs to be guarded so that the will of the people/population would not be jeopardized or truncated. This process ought to be transparent, free, very fair to all parties and then credible enough to the satisfaction of both citizens and even the foreign observers of the elections. The objective of this study would be to appraise the Electoral history from Pre-Independence time till this present time. It further considered the predominant challenges in our electoral process and principles that would ensure a smoother electoral process and principles that would ensure a smoother electoral process and also conditions to attain a free and fair election. This study relied essentially on qualitative methodology as it gathered most information from documentary sources such as books, journals, magazines and internet materials. More so, a handful of the information was obtained by direct observation and participation during the last concluded 2019 General Elections in Nigeria. The study thus recommends inter alia, that all the institutions or bodies involved in the Electoral process (such as the Independent Electoral Commission, the Political parties, the judiciary and the executives) should ensure that the votes count. Also voter education should be taken seriously and zealously to the grassroots, this is to ensure maximum and purposeful participation in the Electoral process as it would help to install the choices of the electorates into the relevant elective positions.


Appraisal, Election, Voting Exercise, Electoral Act, Political Parties

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