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Variability of Voting Pattern among Ethnic Nationality in the 2015 Gubernatorial Elections of Delta State

IKENGA, F. A.: Department of Political Science Faculty of the Social Sciences Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State. E-mail:


The study assessed the variability of voting pattern among the different ethnic groups in the 2015 governorship election in Delta State. Data was collected in respect of the votes from the 8 major ethnic groups in the state, and was analyzed accordingly. The hypothesis formulated was tested at 5% level of significance with the aid of the Kruskal- Wallis test. Findings indicate that there was no significant variation in the voting pattern of Deltans across the different ethnic groups. This simply indicates that ethnicity did not influence the results of the 2015 governorship election in Delta State. Given this result, the study recommended that the winner of the 2015 governorship election should form an all-inclusive government and ensure that no ethnic group experience any form of marginalization. Government should also strive to sustain unity among the various ethnic groups in the State by ensuring good governance at all facets and levels.

Key words: Voting Pattern, Ethnicity, Election, Delta State, Governance.

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