Campaign posters of the All Progressive Congres (APC) candidates at a bus cease in Lagos Island. (Photo by Benson Ibeabuchi/Getty Images)
On Monday, European Union election observers stated that at the very least 21 folks have been killed throughout Nigeria’s regional elections, marked by intimidation, violence and a low turnout.
Nigerians voted for state governors in 28 of 36 states on Saturday. Results have been nonetheless anticipated from a number of states on Monday, together with northeastern Adamawa, a conservative and Muslim state, which might elect its first feminine governor.
Barry Andrews, European Union Observer Mission Nigeria chief observer advised a information convention that Lagos, which re-elected the ruling celebration’s governor, was amongst a number of southern and central states that witnessed ballot associated violence.
Polling on election day was once more disrupted by a number of incidences of thuggery, intimidation of voters, polling officers, observers and journalists and this occurred in many of the states.
“It’s actually tragic that 21 people, according to our latest information, lost their lives in election-related violence.”
The variety of reported deaths was beneath the ultimate tolls in earlier elections in Africa’s most populous nation. Most unrest sometimes happens after outcomes are introduced.
Andrews stated the violence and intimidation could have led to a low turnout. While there is no such thing as a nationwide turnout determine, as a result of the voting is run state by state, authorities put it at 16% in Lagos state – Nigeria’s most populous with greater than 20 million folks.
He stated, nevertheless, there have been some enhancements in Saturday’s vote in comparison with final month’s disputed presidential ballot. Election supplies arrived on time at most polling items, which opened early whereas digital voting machines labored higher than final month.