The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) condemned the low number of security personnel deployed at polling stations in the country’s gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
Speaking to reporters at a media briefing in Abuja on Saturday, CDD Director Idayat Hassan and CDD Center for Election Analysis President Adele Jinadu pointed to the low number of polling station security personnel as a reason for record elections during the election. The violence was the cause of the election.
The CDD added that incidents of vote-buying, voter suppression and violence were reported in all six geopolitical regions.
During the election period, several videos of thugs emerged on social media threatening to deal with anyone who voted against the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos.
Others showed rioters burning ballot boxes across the state.
“One concern that spans multiple regions is the reduced presence of security officers,” the CDD said.
“Observers in the South-South, Southwest and Northwest states reported a much smaller security presence, especially compared to the presidential election.
“This led to repeated skirmishes and fighting among voters, party proxies and officials. For example, observers in Enugu reported clashes between party representatives, while other observers in Jigawa highlighted conflicts between self-proclaimed party members. similar issues.
“In Ukanafun LGA, Akwa Ibom, there were reports that mobs attacked a polling station and scared away voters. Election materials from Emelia LGA were also hijacked at gunpoint, and mobs also disrupted progress at Obio Akpor LGA in Rivers State.
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“In the north-central, observers noted multiple irregularities in Benue state, while disputed elections in Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe – combined with reported security challenges – led to growing concern The rest of the election is in those states.
“In the south-east, Enugu and Eboni are states we continue to monitor closely.
“In the Northwest, observers in all seven states reported an increase in reports of ballot trading, primarily by party proxies. Items will be redeemed after the results come out.
“Similarly, in the Northeast, Taraba’s party agents sneaked into the queues, pretended to be voters, and took the opportunity to offer cash in exchange for votes.
“In the southeast, there were reports of APGA and LP party surrogates using materials, phones, and other memorabilia to lure voters in Anambra state. In the southeast, multiple states reported wanting voters to show their votes before being paid To prove it, party agents reportedly compiled a list of voters at the central LGA in Esan, Edo state.
“This likely reflects the heightened political environment surrounding the gubernatorial election, the importance of local figures in state-level politics, and shortages of fuel and naira.
“In the Southwest, International Electrotechnical Commission Officers arrived on time and quickly started the process at more than 80 percent of observed polling places.
“The trend was broadly consistent across the six geopolitical regions. In Anambra State, 75 percent of polling stations had INEC officials on time, and polling began on average at 8.41am. There were even reports that Benue State INEC officials stayed overnight at polling stations to avoid being late.
“In the Southwest, the BVAS is programmed correctly for certification more than 95 percent of the time, although there are occasional issues with the BVAS not functioning properly.”
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