'Kudos or Knocks': Assessing the Performance of INEC in the 2015 General Elections in Niugeria

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Faculty of Social Sciences, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State


This paper examined the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2015 general elections. The assessment is based on some critical issues of the electioneering process, these include: the distribution of permanent voters card and continuous voters registration, recruitment and training of ad hoc staff, distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive materials, the use of electronic card reader and Diaspora voting. Through personal experience garnered from participant observation of the electioneering process and a qualitative assessment of extant and relevant secondary data, this paper submits that the overall performance of INEC was commendable. Also, it is discovered that despite the success recorded there is still a lot to be done to improve on feature elections. This paper however, concludes by proffering some recommendations.



Election, Election Management Body, Voter Turnout, Voter Apathy, Democratic Consolidation