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SS2: GOVERNMENT - 1ST TERM

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  1. Electoral Process | Week 1
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    1 Quiz
  2. Types of Electoral Process | Week 2
    5 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  3. Electoral Process Continues - Proportional, Representation, Repeated Ballot, Direct and Indirect Elections | Week 3
    5 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  4. Ballot Systems | Types of Voting | Week 4
    3 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  5. Organization of Election | Week 5
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  6. Electoral Commission and Electoral Officers | Week 6
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  7. Public Opinion and Mass Media | Week 7
    6 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  8. Civil Service | Week 8
    6 Topics
  9. Personnel Administration in the Civil Service | Week 9
    5 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  10. Public Corporation | Week 10
    9 Topics
  11. Commercialization, Privatization and Deregulation of Public Corporations | Week 11
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    1 Quiz



Lesson 5, Topic 2
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Constituency: Meaning, Types and Constituency Delineation

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Topic Content:

  • Meaning of Constituency
  • Types of Constituency
    • Single Member Constituency (Merits, Demerits)
    • Multi-Member Constituency (Merits, Demerits)
  • Constituency Delineation
  • Factors that Affect Constituency Delineation

What is Constituency?

A constituency is an electoral district or area within a relatively known population from which one or more representatives can be elected into the legislature.

The Electoral Commission delineates states into constituencies for electoral purposes. The population is a major factor in constituency delineation.

Types of Constituency:

There are two types of constituencies;

1. Single Member Constituency
2. Multi-Member Constituency

(1) Single Member Constituency:

Single Member Constituency is an electoral district or area that elects one member into the legislature to represent their interest. Nigeria adopts this method.

Merits of Single Member Constituency: 

(i) As the constituency is small, the electorate will maintain a link with the elected representatives for effective representation. 

 (ii) It allows the voters to know the candidate better in order to make informed decisions during elections.

(iii) As the constituencies are small, the electorate can assess the performance of the representative and hold representatives accountable.

 

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