Nigeria Elections: International Observer Group Gives Damning Report
The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), says it is very concerned that after six consecutive elections, electoral violence remains a feature of Nigeria’s electoral landscape.
Mr Rupiah Banda, former President of Zambia and leader of the EISA Electoral Observer Mission (EOM), said this on Monday in Abuja at a media conference on the organisation’s preliminary assessment of the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to him, the mission observed all election day’s procedures in 54 polling stations in Abuja, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo.
Bandah said that in elections, security was very important, with security operatives playing a role to secure both the processes and the actual voting and enable citizens exercise their democratic right.
According to him, the team observed that there was no widespread military deployment across the country on election day, except in the North East where the threat of terrorism remained high.
“Elections were not observed in some of the local government areas (LGAs) that experienced violence and terror attacks due to some of the security risks and threats ensuing in the Nigerian political environment,” he said.
He added that the incidences of arson, thuggery and destruction of property in the build-up to the election raised doubts about the capacity of the security agencies to effectively secure the electoral process.
“These doubts were further heightened by the fire outbreaks at three Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices just before the elections,” he said.
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