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Electorate Perception of Naira Redesign on Social Media and Its Implication on Vote Buying in the 2023 Presidential Election in Anambra State, Nigeria

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This study examined the electorate perception of naira redesign on social media and its implications on vote buying in the 2023 presidential election. The study adopted survey research design with questionnaire as instrument of measurement. The sample of the study of 400 respondents was selected from the population of 2,656,437 registered voters in Anambra state through multi-stage technique. The work is hinged on the perception theory and reciprocal theory. The result of the study revealed that Anamabra state electorate followed the naira redesign, vote buying in the 2023 presidential election on social media; attitude of the Anambra state electorate towards vote buying in the 2023 presidential election is that they like it; electorate perception of cash redesign during the 2023 presidential election is that it was a design to frustrate vote buying by political parties and political office seekers; the impact of naira redesign on 2023 presidential election in Anambra state was paucity of naira note; the major implication of naira redesign of vote buying in the 2023 presidential election in Anambra state was that it gave rise to voting in line with electoral candidate’s character, competence and capacity. The study concludes that naira redesign minimized vote buying with its implication that electorates voted in line with their conscience and the candidate’s characters, competence and capacity. We therefore suggest that beside naira redesign, government should always device authentic means to eradicate or eliminate the incidence of vote buying and other electoral malpractices. Electoral laws should be made more stringent in dealing with the menace of vote buying.

DOI 10.11648/j.ss.20241301.11
Published in Social Sciences (Volume 13, Issue 1, February 2024)
Page(s) 1-7
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Electorate Perception, Naira Redesign, Vote Buying, Electoral Malpractice, 2023 Presidential Election, Participatory Democracy

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    Anunike OW, Ifegwu AN, Anunike BC. Electorate Perception of Naira Redesign on Social Media and Its Implication on Vote Buying in the 2023 Presidential Election in Anambra State, Nigeria. Soc Sci. 2024;13(1):1-7. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20241301.11

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  • Department of Mass Communication, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Nigeria

  • Department of Public Administration, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Nigeria

  • Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, Nigeria

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