In a contemporary society, election is recognised as the legitimate way of effecting a change of government. This is based on the fact that democracy is the best form of government through which many dividends can accrue to the citizens of every nation that imbibe it. The conduct of election can however be necessitated by the need to correct bad government or ensure that another government comes into power so that the dividends of democracies can be enjoyed fully by the citizens. The way and manner in which election is conducted in a country, however determines the level of political culture and participation, as well as good governance.
The quest for institution of democratic norms, having for several decades been under the tutelage of military imperialism, has led many countries in Africa to consider the option of election conduct a sine qua non to their growth and development in all ramifications, more so that there are less to show for the long years of these countries under the military, in terms of development. The wave of elections has thus continued to sweep across many African countries. Unfortunately, studies have revealed that transiting from one regime to another is often the problem in most African States (Falana, 2009). The violence that occurs before, during and after elections, often bring about instability in the political system in Africa countries. No doubt, election rigging is a major bane of Africa democratic struggle and sustainability over these years.
[...] In spite of the role of education to individual development, literacy level in Africa has been low. Many adult illiterates thrive in many countries in the world. Many among the illiterates will thus not see anything wrong in their indulgence in election rigging. Table Adult Literacy Rates in selected African countries Source: Human Development Report (2013). Ineffective Law If there is any feature that is common in many developing African countries, it is nothing than the ineffectiveness of the law. [...]
[...] Election has wider scope. It can be organized at local, state, and at national levels, depending on the purpose it is meant to achieve. In Nigeria as example, election of Chairmen of Local Government Areas Councils, House of Assemblies, House of Representatives and Senate are prevalent. Election is very significant in every nation. According to Ejeba (2012), it: - ensures that voters freely choose who will represent them; - enable voters to make choices among the parties, candidates and programmes; - ensures that elected officials are accountable to the electorates; - promotes citizens' sense of belonging in government; - promotes public confidence, trust and support for government and its programmes; and - provides the mechanism for collective efforts towards the development of a country. [...]
[...] Also, people convicted of rigging are usually alienated from their children thus depriving them of parental care. Such children do end up enlisting in social vices such as armed robbery, prostitution, thuggery among others. Election rigging: Way forward in Africa The issue of election rigging is very serious in countries in Africa in view of its negative effects, having been undermining the credibility of elections and constituting serious threat to the development of democracy. It is thus imperative for this menace to be tackled holistically. [...]
[...] Election rigging and effects on education development in Africa Introduction In a contemporary society, election is recognised as the legitimate way of effecting a change of government. This is based on the fact that democracy is the best form of government through which many dividends can accrue to the citizens of every nation that imbibe it. The conduct of election can however be necessitated by the need to correct bad government or ensure that another government comes into power so that the dividends of democracies can be enjoyed fully by the citizens. [...]
[...] This is even prevalent during electoral process. The quest to make quick and cheap money often compels many electoral officials, electorates, among others to collect bribe from desperate politicians, so as to assist them in rigging election. Unemployment Over the years, unemployment has been prevalent in mast nations in the world, particularly in the developing economies. Unfortunately, many among the unemployed youths are often enlisted by politicians to rig election, with a promise of gratification at the end. Table Unemployment Rates in Some Countries in Africa Source: The World Year Book: Value system of the society It needs not be overemphasized that the society attaches more importance to wealth making at the expense of hard work. [...]
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