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Over 100 people killed during recent elections – Group

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 5:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Chibuzor Emejor

Correspondent, Abuja


A post election assessment by the Centre for Democracy and Development has revealed that over 100 people were killed during the just concluded general elections. Director of the Centre, Idayat Hassan disclosed this on Tuesday during a press briefing in Abuja.

Hassan explained that the organization carried out extensive research on electoral violence, adding that such violence was predominant in the South-South, South-West and South-East regions of the country.

Speaking at the conference with theme ‘Analysing the 2015 Election 2015: Surprises, Fall-outs and Lessons Learnt,’ which was organised by Speakers’ Corner Trust Nigeria, she said over 15 States were involved in electoral violence.

She expressed worry over the poor turn-out of voters during the elections, adding that over 65 million people registered during the registration while about 31 million people came out for accreditation for elections.

Hassan attributed the poor turn-out of voters to “tensed electoral atmosphere” before the elections and cumbersome nature of accreditation and voting exercise.

She further observed that about 2.3million electorate who came for accreditation went back to the houses without coming back to vote due to the cumbersome nature of electoral processes.

She also called for the unbundling of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make the Commission more efficient in service delivery.

According to her, “the INEC under the Electoral Act is empowered to prosecute electoral offenders. It has not delivered on this. It is incapacitated. The courts are over-burdened. So that takes away the vital role of INEC.

“When you look at the recent elections, in as much as we said the outcome reflected the views of the people, there was pre-dominance of money politics.

“We now hear N2trillion spent by a political party. We saw that so much money was spent beyond the ceiling, as provided for in the Electoral Act and INEC did not effectively monitor the spending.

“With the unbundling of INEC, this responsibility will be taken away from INEC. May be the Campaign Finance Commission needs to be established, just like it is obtainable in the United States of America.”

Hassan said the non-governmental organisation had developed indicators and policy monitoring to ensure that the in-coming administration delivers on its promises to during the electioneering campaigns.