A group, Women’s Aid Collective (WAC), in partnership with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), has presented its final report on “Nigerian Elections Violence Report (NEVR) Project 2019 for South East Zone” with a verdict that the zone witnessed high rate of violence during the just concluded general elections. Presenting the report at a press conference […]

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A group, Women’s Aid Collective (WAC), in partnership with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), has presented its final report on “Nigerian Elections Violence Report (NEVR) Project 2019 for South East Zone” with a verdict that the zone witnessed high rate of violence during the just concluded general elections.

Presenting the report at a press conference in Enugu, a consultant to the group and Senior Special Assistant to the Enugu State Governor, Dr. Malachy Chuma Ochie, who described the violence in Ebonyi State as “very brutal”, recalled that nine persons were killed in the political violence that engulfed the state while 91 were injured.

He said in a pre-elections violence, 10 houses were razed, while eight campaign vehicles were burnt, including 15 campaign motorcycles in the state.

Ochie said in Imo State, which he said had always been a flashpoint of violence, it eventually turned a “theatre of war” where nine cases of pre-elections related violence claimed six lives while 84 violence cases were recorded in which many were wounded.

In Abia State, he said 32 reported cases of elections-related violence occurred in Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ukwa West Mgboko in Obingwa and Aba North, stressing that in most of those areas “ballot box-snatching and gunshots were recorded in the state.”

According to Ochie, two deaths were recorded with 18 seriously injured in the 27 cases of violence reported during the National Assembly elections in Anambra State.

“One trend that kept running in all the cases in the zone was attempt to snatch ballot boxes,” he said, and emphasised that Nigeria’s democracy could not be deepened in such chaotic environment.

He added that, “There were also cases of impersonation and vote-buying in all the states of the South East.”

He called on politicians to always see politics as a call to service rather than a means of milking the state and the country’s citizens.

 

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