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POLITICAL CORRUPTION AND THE NIGERIA DEMOCRATIC DISPENSATION; INTERROGATING ENUGU STATE INEC 2003 - 2015


Project topic for Political Science department

Abstract

This study examined the political corruption and the Nigeria democratic dispensation; interrogating Enugu State INEC 2003 - 2015, with particular reference to the role of INEC, Enugu State in combating corruption in Enugu State. Several solutions have been advanced in the fight against corruption in Nigeria but none has been able to nip in the bud or even remotely check the menace of corruption and its resulting consequences. The worst is that the Nigerian elections umpire, the INEC themselves, who should check electoral corruption are now the most notable source of electoral corruption in the country. Hence, the researcher embarked on this study in order to find out how the INEC staff in Enugu State have performed their role of combating political corruption in the State, to ascertain the factors militating against the INEC staff in Enugu State in their role of combating corruption in the State and to suggest how the INEC staff in Enugu State can overcome their barriers in fighting political corruption in the State. To achieve these objectives, the researcher drafted three research questions and three corresponding hypotheses. Tables and simple percentage were used to analyze the data collected from Likert-standard questionnaire administered to a sample of 200 respondents. The hypotheses were tested using Chi-Square static. The researcher found out that the INEC staff in Enugu State has played significant roles in combating political corruption in the State. However, the Commission has a very poor record in discharging its duties in the State. The Commission is not truly independent in discharging its duties and politicians in the State use INEC staff to actualize their selfish desires. Also, the Commission has significant factors militating against its role of combating political corruption in the State which include lack of independence, immunity clause and inadequacy of computerized information systems. Based on the findings, the researcher concluded that the INEC has a very poor record in discharging its duties in the Nigeria. Hence, the researcher recommended independence of the Commission, removal of the immunity clause from Nigeria’s constitution and e-governance as remedies to the challenges confronting INEC staff in discharging their duties of combating corruption in Enugu State and Nigeria at large.


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