The 2019 General Election in Nigeria: Examining the Issues, Challenges, Successes and Lessons for Future General Elections

  • Babayo Sule Department of Political Science, Faculty of Humanities Management and Social Sciences, Federal University Kashere Gombe, Gombe State, Nigeria.
  • Umar Adamu Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Gombe State University, Nigeria.
  • Usman Sambo Department of Political Science and Administration, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Yobe State University Damaturu, Nigeria.


The 2019 General Election is another milestone and a watershed in the efforts of Nigeria towards democratisation. It has been the six consecutive times that General Elections are successfully conducted in the Fourth Republic which has been unprecedented in the history of the country. This work investigated the major issues, challenges, successes and lessons learnt from the Election. It is notable that elections in Nigeria for over fifty (50) years remain a war-like affair and the phenomenon seem to be continuous despite the long experience of democratic practice in the current Republic. The research used both primary and secondary sources of data analysis. The primary sources consist of participant observation, data from the electoral body; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and reports from observers and civil societies that directly participated in the exercise. The secondary sources include books, journals, internet and other existing literature on the subject matter of study. The data obtained were analysed and discussed using a qualitative approach method where themes and sub-themes were identified and discussed analytically. The research discovered that the 2019 General Election was heralded with several issues, various challenges and some level of success and that there are lessons that are learnt from the process for future General Elections’ conduct in the country. The work recommends among other suggestions that for a better General Election in future in the country, some observed avoidable mistakes must be taken care of immediately and that the success part should be strengthened to ensure effectiveness.
Keywords: Card reader, Challenges, Election, General election, Nigeria, Success.


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Sule, B., Adamu, U., & Sambo, U. (2020, March 3). The 2019 General Election in Nigeria: Examining the Issues, Challenges, Successes and Lessons for Future General Elections. International Journal of Social Sciences Perspectives, 6(2), 100-113.
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