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VOTERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF VOTE BUYING IN THE 2022 OSUN STATE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION

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Abstract: The objective of the study was investigate voters’ perceptions of vote buying in the 2022 Osun State Gubernatorial Election: study of voters in Iree and Ada. The study was anchored by Social Exchange Theory. A survey research method was adopted while questionnaire was used to elicit responses from the respondents. A descriptive statistics (frequency and percentage) was used with the aid of tables to analyzed the data collected. Findings show that majority of the respondents (93.6%) claimed that respondents were aware of vote selling and vote buying in Nigeria elections to a high extent. Most of the respondents (79.7%) pointed out that they have at a point sell their vote. Therefore, many of respondents (52.3%) sell their vote due to financial need. Also, most of the respondents (79.7%) pointed out that there, is no gender differences in vote selling among voters in Nigeria. Similarly, most of the respondents (66.6%) agreed that there, is no age differences in vote selling among voters in Nigeria. Therefore, larger numbers of the respondents (56.8%) the common vote buying incentive usually offer during election s money. The study recommended that in order to successfully stop election fraud, including vote buying, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should build a strategic cooperation framework for effective monitoring of political parties’ campaign money while the media and civil society organizations must step up their voters education and information campaigns about the drawbacks of vote selling, particularly how it drives up election costs, encourages political corruption, and threatens good governance.


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