Ethno-religious voting in Nigeria: interrogating voting patterns in the 2019 presidential election

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Babalola, D. 2020. Ethno-religious voting in Nigeria: interrogating voting patterns in the 2019 presidential election. The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. 109 (4), p. 377–385. https://doi.org/10.1080/00358533.2020.1788763
AuthorsBabalola, D.
Abstract

This article analyses voting patterns in Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election. Its main objective is to gauge continuity or change in ethnic, regional and religious voting in Nigeria’s elections. The paper takes a historical approach in examining voting patterns in the past elections as a background to the examination of the 2019 presidential election. It was discovered that ethnic, regional and religious sentiments were still major factors that shaped voting choice in the election.

KeywordsPresidential election; Voting pattern; Ethno-regional identity; Religious identity
Year2020
JournalThe Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Journal citation109 (4), p. 377–385
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0035-8533
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00358533.2020.1788763
Official URLhttp://doi.org/10.1080/00358533.2020.1788763
Publication dates
Online20 Aug 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Sep 2020
Accepted12 Feb 2020
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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