Campaign Communication in Nigeria's 2019 General Elections - Unfulfilled Party Pledges and Voter Engagement without a Social Contract

Campaign Communication in Nigeria's 2019 General Elections - Unfulfilled Party Pledges and Voter Engagement without a Social Contract

Author: 
Omilusi, Mike
Place: 
Johannesburg
Publisher: 
Electoral Institute of Southern Africa
Date published: 
2020
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Journal Title: 
Journal of African election 
Source: 
Journal of African Elections, Vol.19, No.2, 2020, pp.  97–124
Abstract: 

Broken campaign promises challenge the sanctity of the electoral process in Nigeria. Six decades after political independence and six electoral cycles in the last two decades of the Fourth Republic, there are inadequate legal frameworks and a lack of political will to change the narrative. Ambushing the voters with plans of action on the eve of every election remains a constant ritual to legitimise party campaigns in both digital media and at heavily mobilised rallies, often with limited substance. The general purpose of this study is twofold. First, to provide analysis of campaign communication and the extent to which it inuflences the participation of citizens in the electoral process. Second, to investigate the electorate's understanding of policy issues inherent in the 2019 election manifestos of the two dominant political parties, All Progressive Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party (PDP), and how other elements shape perception and trust in elected representatives/ government. The research design relies on sample surveys and in­ depth interviews, and seeks to identify, within the context of an electoral cycle, why conversations between public ofice seekers and voters do not translate into a concrete social contract or generate time­ bound inclusive policies.

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CITATION: Omilusi, Mike. Campaign Communication in Nigeria's 2019 General Elections - Unfulfilled Party Pledges and Voter Engagement without a Social Contract . Johannesburg : Electoral Institute of Southern Africa , 2020. Journal of African Elections, Vol.19, No.2, 2020, pp.  97–124 - Available at: http://library.au.int/campaign-communication-nigerias-2019-general-elections-unfulfilled-party-pledges-and-voter