Continuity and Change: Nigeria' Electoral Democracy since 1999

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Volume: First Edition | Pages: 341 | Year Published: 2016

Publisher: National Institute for Legislative Studies

Author: Prof. Ladi Hamalai | Prof. Sam Egwu | Professor J. Ishola Omotola |

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Gaps Identified


Reviewer: Chukwuka Onyeaku

Rank: Research Officer

Department: DLSS (Legal Research Division) NILDS/NASS

Date Of Commencement: June 15, 2018

Date Of Completion: June 27, 2018

Chapter One
In chapter one, the book examines the significance of the 2015 general election in consolidating democracy in Nigeria. Its focus is the study of electoral democracy from 1960 to the return of civilian rule in 1999. More importantly, the book seeks to draw attention to continuity and change in electoral democracy in Nigeria.

Chapter Two
Chapter two of the book examined theoretical and structural issues in Nigerian Politics. In doing this, it looked at the concept of democracy and power.

Chapter Three
Chapter 3 of the book dealt with continuity and change in Nigeria's electoral democracy. It focused mainly on element of continuity and change witnessed in Nigeria's 2015 general elections. This was done based on Nigeria's democratization efforts since 1999. It stresses the dynamics of election outcomes and the changes and challenges.

Chapter four
Chapter four of the book is on party system. This chapter deals with various types of party system, which include zero party system, one party system, two party system and multi-party system. The book outlined the merits and demerits of the party systems and why the coalition parties emerge in democratic experiment.

Chapter five
Chapter five of the book is on voter behaviour. It examined why in most cases there is low and high voter turnout in an election. The book explained that in most cases, voter apathy is explained from the point of view of political parties and their candidate's postures and behaviors to the electorate.

Chapter Six
Chapter 6 of the book is on election outcomes from 1999 to 2015. On this, the book examined the outcomes of elections and Nigeria and concluded that outcome of elections have been influenced mostly by the personality and character of the parties and their policies.

Chapter Seven
Chapter 7 of the book deals with democratic governance and political accountability. The chapter stresses the point that democratic governance and political accountability is alien to Nigeria and Nigerian politicians. On this the paper concludes that democratic governance and accountability is yet to take root in Nigeria.