What is it about?
The paper explains how the media can assist African leaders to conduct free and fair elections. This is because most of the problems in African Continent are traceable to the inability of the governments to conduct credible elections. The Nigerian previous republics failed due to the unresolved issues emanating from the conduct of elections. Therefore, the media being the Fourth Estate of the Realm should be able to hold African leaders accountable to the people regarding the conduct of elections in the region, explaining the reason for reviewing the role the media played in the 2007 Nigerian elections.
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Why is it important?
The study is important to African leaders, media practitioners and the general public because, the outcome of elections largely determines the quality of the political leadership that will be provided by the ruling party. If the government was elected by the mandate of the people, then, it will be most likely that the executive will formulate policies meeting the needs and expectations of the people. But if the ruling party in any society was not elected by the majority of the citizens, it will be most unlikely that the government will meet the needs of the citizens, alongside contribute to the socioeconomic development of society. So, with the information contained in the study, everyone that reads this paper will know his or her role in the conduct of free and fair elections in Africa.
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This page is a summary of: Reflecting on the Nigerian Media, Elections, and the African Democracy, SAGE Open, September 2016, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/2158244016666886.
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