n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Because we don't learn from history : a comparative analysis between the lapses of 1959 and 2011 elections in Nigeria

Volume 2, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Over the years electioneering in Nigeria has always turned out unsuccessful. It was the 1993 and 2011 elections that received accolades as free and fair. Notwithstanding this pleasant recommendation, it is not true for us to conclude that the elections especially that of 2011 took place without challenges. In this paper, we are saddled with the responsibility of maintaining a position that electoral malpractice and inadequacy was a product of colonialism. Using the litmus test of the 1959 elections held in Nigeria, this paper insists that the development found in 2011 elections showcases that the proper beginning of the decolonialisation process in Nigeria is yet to be attained. Hence historical developments found in the 1959 elections provides ample opportunity for the mistakes and inadequacies created in the colonial setting, which is still repeated till date. The paper concludes that most of the lapses found in the election on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) justifies that we do not learn from the past. It also demonstrates that electoral malpractice is a colonial legacy.

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