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Vote Buying in the 2018 Governorship Election in Ekiti State, Nigeria

Cletus Famous Nwankwo
Published Online: 2018-10-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/openps-2018-0005


This paper aims to comment on the manifestation of vote buying regarding voter turnout and voter choices in the 2018 Ekiti governorship election in Nigeria and its implications. The article notes that vote-buying might not have significantly influenced voter turnout, but it changed voters’ choices as the two major political parties in the election resorted to a massive monetary inducement for electoral support at the poll. Even though the election was decided by secret balloting, the advent of “see and buy” shows that politicians are stepping up their games to manipulate elections. The paper thus argues for institutional electoral reform and strengthening the enforcement of the law.

Keywords: vote buying; Ekiti governorship election; Nigerian election; voter turnout; voter choice


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About the article

Received: 2018-07-17

Accepted: 2018-08-28

Published Online: 2018-10-05

Published in Print: 2018-09-01

Citation Information: Open Political Science, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 93–97, ISSN (Online) 2543-8042, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/openps-2018-0005.

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