DETERMINANTS OF VOTER TURNOUT DURING PARLIAMENTARY AND CIVIC ELECTIONS OF MOMBASA COUNTY - KENYA
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This study investigated determinants of voter turnout during parliamentary and civic elections of
Mombasa County, Kenya. The statement of the problem was the growing concern of the
determinants of voter turnout during elections prompting the investigation to find solution to
improve voter turnout during parliamentary and civic elections in Mombasa County. The
research was done to assess whether voter’s demographic characteristics influence voter turnout
during parliamentary and civic elections. This was revealed when the researcher investigated on
the level of education of the voters within the targeted area. Occupation was also put on a
weighing machine where the researcher intended to assess whether it influenced voter turnout.
The researcher also established the extent to determine whether socio-political factors influenced
voter turnout during parliamentary and civic elections. This was to find out whether Civic
education was also checked to find out if the voters had enough knowledge on voting process
and whether they understood the importance of voting. This was also to find whether religion
influenced voter turnout. That religion would determine if the churches and mosques educated
their members on the importance of voting. Violence during the previous elections which might
have influenced voter turnout was also highlighted. Security and demonstrations during elections
were also put into consideration. This was so in order to determine means and ways of
minimizing security cases, hence enhancing the extend to examine how institutional factors were
the election process, nomination rules and registration process. That was to find out if the stated
factors contributed to the low voter turnout in Mombasa County. Other theories related to the
topic also highlighted to determine what other researchers found out and whether their findings
had some impact on the topic in searching for solution of the problem. All the findings would be
used by the researcher to make recommendations and suggestions to the relevant institutions for
intervention measures.