The Role of Election Administration in The Prevalence of Voter Apathy In Nigeria
The Case of 2019 General Elections in The Southeast
This study examined the role of election administration in the ensuing voter apathy during in Southeast Nigeria the 2019 general elections. Secondary and survey methods of data collection were adopted in search of answers to three questions earlier formulated. In the survey of the five states of Southeast, structured questionnaire was used to elicit information from 1000 respondents randomly selected from their state capitals while percentage formula and SPSS version 20.0 software were used to analyse the data therefrom. The results of analysis reveal that residents of Southeast Nigeria are fully aware of the importance of elections in democracies and were willingly to participate in the 2019 general elections. Further, the results reveal that Southeast experienced the highest voter apathy (76.7% & 78.8%) in Nigerian political history during the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections. According to results of the analysis, complicity, corruption, lawlessness, and partisanship that characterised Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) activities, INEC’s militarisation of the process and none declaration of election results as generated from the polling units necessitated the apathy. Therefore, the paper recommends among others the management of INEC by the National Assembly instead of the Presidency that has being manipulating the electoral administrator; introduction of rewards for lawful and deviant staff of INEC, and 10 years jail term for any convicted electoral offender particularly INEC staff.