Judiciary and the Enthronements of Democratic Institution in Nigeria (1999-2017)

Usman Ogboh, Michael Daniel, Boniface jibrin

Abstract


An issue related to enthronement of democratic institution in Nigeria, has attracted judicial concern. Democratic institution has allegedly characterised by lots of irregularities; this ranges from rigging to non- compliance to the rules as contained in the Electoral Act. This has established a negative practice on democratic stability. This study specifically set out to evaluate the Judiciary and the enthronement of democratic institution in Nigeria between 1999 and 2017, with emphasis on the performance of Election Petitions Tribunals in democratic institution. The crux of this study reviewed the controversy that surrounding 1999-2017 democratic institution in Nigeria. The study adopted principle of separation of powers as instrument to managing abuse of power, to increasing public confidence and enthronement of democratic institution in Nigeria. The study adopted descriptive explanation that anchored on secondary sources of data. The paper find that injustice in the electoral process, is tool for a misplace principles of democracy, seemingly compromised electoral body and weak judicial system with dishonest, corrupt, and bias officials. This study recommended that victim of electoral fraud should be criminalise, independent judicial system should be encouraged and foster respect for rule of law.


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Democracy; Judiciary; Election and Electoral Justice

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