THE EFFECT OF ELECTORAL MALPRACTICE ON THE PERFORMANCE OF POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS: A CASE STUDY OF IKPOBA OKHA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF EDO STATE
The effect of electoral malpractice on the performance of political office holder in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State have became a concern to both individual and private bodies, this is as a result of the level of corruption, embezzlement, and bad policies formulations and implementation which have left the local government area council undeveloped and covered with unemployment and poverty. This study aimed at revealing the negative effect of electoral malpractice, to the electorate by educating them about the dangers associated with the anti-social activity, so that electorate in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State will stop the act of electoral misconduct. Some questions were formulated and used in the cause of this write up, the chapter two of the project to make rich and contribute to the frontier of education relevant data were collected using the questionnaire which was administered personally by researcher of the project work.
BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Electoral malpractices are one of the negative pigments affecting the effective performance of our political office holders. Election is the activity through which our political office holders are elected into different political office in our country. These offices include the office of the president, governors, senators, house of assembly both in the federal, state and local government levels. Due to the important role which elections plays, its usefulness cannot be overemphasized in modern day democratic dispensation, but however, some politicians do not play polities according to the rules and regulations guiding elections in Nigeria, nowadays politician see elections as a “do or die affair”. This act leads to bribery, and cheating in the electoral system, and to them, this is the shortest way to get into power, because of the result of electoral malpractices or misconducts. People who are not qualified or know little or nothing about leadership, find their way into power in Nigeria particularly in IkpobaOkha Local Government Area to be specified. This act has done no good to the average Nigerian today. Unequaled person find their way into government with little or known respect for the needs, demands and interest of the common citizen. This could be attributed to that process to power without following the due process. They tend to be self seeking and only aim to better their lots.