Commonwealth Calls for Prosecution of Election Violence Perpetrators

The Head of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Dr Jakaya Kikwete has called for the prosecution of perpetrators of election-related violence in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

In the group’s Interim statement presented in Abuja on Monday, Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, said that those found liable should be prosecuted.

“Election-related violence and loss of life, which occurred in a number of places, is deeply troubling. Nigeria can do better; violence has no place in a modern democracy.

“Those responsible should be held accountable, we encourage all political parties to honour their commitments in the National Peace Accord and reject violence,“ he said.

According to reports from the civil society, about 35 people were killed in election violence across eight states.

The head of group, however, said in spite of the challenges experienced that Nigerians had the opportunity to express their will and exercise their franchise.

“We trust that the final stages of collation and announcement of results will be handled in a transparent and credible manner,“ he said.

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