Publisher: University of Calabar

Democracy, Party Politics and Good Governance: The Role of Electoral Management Bodies In Nigeria

Abu Karim Musa
KEYWORDS: Democracy, Good Governance, Election, Electoral Management

ABSTRACT:

Democracy has been accepted globally as the best form of government but the processes in Nigeria in recenttime comes as a torn between opportunity and crisis because the crave for votes by political parties is characterized with high stakes for governance, security, economy, regional and religious bigotry. Though, the electoral umpire in Nigeria has been playing a significant role in democratic consolidation, good governance and vehicle for promoting sound and ethical democratic culture however, this is not without challenges. This research titled: Democracy, party, politics and good governance: The role of electoral management bodies in Nigeria, shall explore the conceptual view, realities and impact of democratic culture to the socio-economic development of Nigeria and the salient role of electoral umpire in Nigeria. The research shall explore relevant theoretical and empirical literature through the secondary sources. The paper concludes that electoral umpire has played a significant role in consolidating Nigerian democracy therefore recommends that democratic institution should be strengthened through adequate funding and independent of electoral umpire in Nigeria to promote democracy and good governance.

Democracy has been accepted globally as the best form of government but the processes in Nigeria in recent
time comes as a torn between opportunity and crisis because the crave for votes by political parties is
characterized with high stakes for governance, security, economy, regional and religious bigotry. Though,
the electoral umpire in Nigeria has been playing a significant role in democratic consolidation, good
governance and vehicle for promoting sound and ethical democratic culture however, this is not without
challenges. This research titled: Democracy, party, politics and good governance: The role of electoral
management bodies in Nigeria, shall explore the conceptual view, realities and impact of democratic culture
to the socio-economic development of Nigeria and the salient role of electoral umpire in Nigeria. The
research shall explore relevant theoretical and empirical literature through the secondary sources. The
paper concludes that electoral umpire has played a significant role in consolidating Nigerian democracy
therefore recommends that democratic institution should be strengthened through adequate funding and
independent of electoral umpire in Nigeria to promote democracy and good governance.


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