By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu
The Women Aid Collective (WACOL), on Monday, released its final report for the
just concluded 2019 general elections, detailing how 18 persons were killed in the
South East zone alone. It also said 530 persons suffered various degrees of
The report was presented to journalists and members of the Civil Society
Organizations, CSOs, in Enugu.
The report of the Nigeria Election Violence Report (NEVR) project for the 2019
general elections in the zone showed that Enugu state recorded one death, Imo
state recorded six deaths, Anambra State recorded two, while Ebonyi state
recorded nine deaths, the highest in the zone.
Dr. Malachy Ochie, a researcher and data analyst with WACOL, who presented
the report, said that the project was envisioned to develop the capacity of civil
society to monitor, analyze and respond to incidents of election-related
conflict/violence before, during and after the elections in Nigeria, as well as to
promote collaboration and dialogue between election stakeholders in order to
mitigate and/or prevent election violence.
Ochie, who is also a senior lecturer at the Enugu State University of Science and
Technology (ESUT), said apart from Enugu State where incidences of election
violence were minimal, elections in other states were characterized with violence,
thuggery, killings and destruction of property.
Ochie said that 18 cases of violence, which included burning of campaign vehicles,
were recorded in Enugu state, while in Abia state a total of 32 violence cases were
recorded. In Imo state, a total of 84 violence cases were recorded, out of which
six people were killed while 306 people were injured.
According to him, Anambra state recorded 27 cases, out of which two people
were killed, while 18 people were injured. He said that Ebonyi state recorded 124
violence cases out of which nine people died, 91 people injured, eight vehicles
destroyed, 10 houses burnt, while 15 motorcycles were destroyed.
“Apart from reported incidences of violence in places like Ebonyi, Abia and Imo,
our monitors equally reported large scale of vote buying and voter-intimidation
by political thugs," he said.
Stakeholders at the event recommended the introduction of electronic voting in
future polls to mitigate the incidences of election violence in Nigeria.