THE ROLE OF CREDIBLE ELECTIONS ON THE CONSOLIDATION OF DEMOCRACY: A CASE STUDY OF ANAMBRA STATE FROM 2003 - 2006

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page
Certification
Approval Page
Dedication
Acknowledgements
Table of Contents
Abstract

CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background of the study
1.2       Statement of problem
1.3       Objectives of study
1.4       Significance of the study
1.5       Scope of the study

CHAPTER TWO
RESEARCH PROCEDURE
2.1 Literature Review
2.2 Theoretical Perspective
2.3 Hypothesis
2.4 Methodology
2.5 Operational Definitions

CHAPTER THREE
THE POLITICAL AND OTHER SETTINGS FOR THE 2003 GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS
3.1 Brief History of Anambra
3.2 Setting of Anambra State
3.3 The Peculiarities of Anambra  State
3.4       Anambra State before the conduct of the 2003 Gubernatorial Election
3.5       INEC Before the conduct of the 2003 General Elections

CHAPTER FOUR
PROBLEMS CREATED BY THE 2003 GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS IN ANAMBRA STATE
4.1       Political Problems
4.2       Legal Problems
4.3       Economic Problems
4.4       Other Problems
4.5       Problems within the INEC

CHAPTER FIVE
SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1       Summary
5.2       Findings of the Study
5.3       Recommendations
Bibliography

Abstract
The study examined the link between credible elections and the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria, with focus on the 2003 gubernatorial elections in Anambra state. Specifically, the study evaluated the political and other settings for the 2003 gubernatorial elections in Anambra state. It also examined the political, legal, economic and other problems created by the 2003 gubernatorial elections in Anambra State. Utilizing the theory of post colonial state which, focusing on the Nigeria State as a creation of imperialism and as such, has followed a development strategy dictated by the interest of imperialism and its local allies, highlights the inability of the Nigeria State, as it is presently constituted, to mediate political conflicts in form of conducting credible elections, resolving peacefully post-election disputes and above all consolidating democracy in the country. Relying on observational technique, relevant qualitative data were generated for the study. These were analyzed using qualitative descriptive analysis. On the basis of this, the study unraveled that the conduct of the 2003 gubernatorial election in Anambra State and the events thereafter threw up a number of legal, economic, political and other problems. The study also exposed that political crises that engulfed Anambra state in the aftermath of the 2003 gubernatorial elections in the state posed some implications for the emergence and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. In view of this the study maintained that power and all resources should be decentralized away from the central/federal apparatus to the constituent governments and ethnic segments. The study also argued that INEC should be granted fiscal autonomy; its funding, rather than being channeled through the presidency, should be charged to the consolidated revenue fund.

CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1:1 Background of the Study
Modern democracies, the world over, take electoral practice as one of the major fundamental pillars in democratic governance. This is simply because flawed electoral practice has the capacity to mar democratic process. Again, man‟s capacityp for political fraud, intrigues and display of authoritarian/totalitarian political behaviour makes also open or transparently competitive electoral exercise for the purpose of constituting a government extremely inevitable, if society is to experience relative political and socio-economic equity based on the principle of collective accommodation of public will.

Therefore, to checkmate man‟s inordinate disposition to acquire and exercise absolute political power, which is a major bane of national/territorial sovereignty, democratic framework and sustainable development. It is imperative that electoral contests be made open and transparent especially now that periodic elections have gained global acceptance in the contemporary liberal democratic dispensation (Omelle, 2005:69).

With respect to Nigeria, however, the popular struggle for direct political representation and rejection of the monopolization of the state power predates the political independence of 1960. Prior to the exit of the colonial masters, the struggle by the people was basically against colonial subjugation, intimidation......

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