The Ladies’s Help Collective (WACO), on Monday launched its ultimate report for the simply concluded 2019 normal elections.

Within the report introduced to journalists and members of the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, in Enugu, the WACOL introduced an in depth account of how 18 individuals have been killed within the South East zone, whereas 530 individuals suffered numerous levels of injures.

The report of the Nigeria Election Violence Report (NEVR) venture for the 2019 normal elections within the zone confirmed that Enugu State recorded one loss of life, Imo State recorded six deaths, Anambra State recorded two, whereas Ebonyi State recorded 9 deaths, the best within the zone.

Dr. Malachy Ochie, a researcher and knowledge analyst with WACOL, who introduced the report, mentioned that the venture was envisioned to develop the capability of civil society to watch, analyze and reply to incidents of election-related battle/violence earlier than, throughout and after the elections in Nigeria, in addition to to advertise collaboration and dialogue between election stakeholders with a purpose to mitigate and/or forestall election violence.

Ochie, who can also be a Senior lecturer on the Enugu State College of Science and Know-how (ESUT), mentioned other than Enugu State the place incidences of election violence have been minimal, elections in different states have been characterised with violence, thuggery, killings and destruction of property.

Ochie mentioned that 18 instances of violence, which included burning of marketing campaign automobiles have been recorded in Enugu state, whereas in Abia State a complete of 32 violence instances have been recorded. In Imo State a complete of 84 violence instances have been recorded, out of which six folks have been killed whereas 306 folks have been injured.

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Anambra state recorded 27 instances, out of which two folks have been killed, whereas 18 folks have been injured.

He mentioned that Ebonyi State recorded 124 violence instances out of which 9 folks died, 91 folks injured, eight automobiles have been destroyed, 10 homes burnt whereas 15 bikes have been destroyed.

“Aside from reported incidences of violence in locations like Ebonyi, Abia and Imo, our screens equally reported giant scale of vote shopping for and voter-intimidation by political thugs,” he mentioned.

Stakeholders on the occasion beneficial the introduction of digital voting in future polls to mitigate the incidences of election violence in Nigeria.

The venture was carried out by the Womens Help Collative (WACOL), in partnership with the Worldwide Basis for Electoral Methods (IFES).


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