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Election violence: INEC to bring culprits to justice

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has
vowed to bring all culprits of election violence to book.

This was contained in a statement on Sunday.
The statement said that the Saturday, April 11, 2015
Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections held
in 29 States of the Federation was successful.
And that the assessment showed that the elections went
very well across the country and preliminary reports,
showed that 88.9 % of polling units opened for accreditation
between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. across the country as against
5.2 % that were yet to open as of 1 pm. Also, 73 % of the
polling units commenced voting by 2.30 p.m.
The statement furthered said accreditation with Smart Card
Readers was also successful in majority of the polling units
as the initial challenges recorded in Edo and Abia states
were resolved by the technical teams deployed to support
the states.
The statement reviled that ‘many parts of the country
remained relatively peaceful during the elections. Some
states, however, recorded a significant number of violent
incidents, the most affected being Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross
River, Ebonyi and Ondo States.
INEC’s records show that there were 66 reports of violent
incidents targeted at polling units, the Commission’s
officials, voters and election materials.
These were in Rivers State (16 incidents), Ondo (8), Cross
River and Ebonyi (6 each), Akwa Ibom (5) Bayelsa (4), Lagos
and Kaduna (3 each), Jigawa, Enugu, Ekiti and Osun (2
each), Katsina, Plateau, Kogi, Abia, Imo, Kano and Ogun (1
each).
The Commission said its is investigating these incidents and
will do everything within in its powers to bring culprits to
justice.
INEC further commended Nigerians once again for
demonstrating their resolve and commitment to participate
in the electoral process and by doing so, contributing to
deepening democracy in our country.
The Commission called on every citizen to maintain peace
as the results of the Governorship and State Assembly
elections are being processed, and to accept the official
outcomes and on the basis of the requirements prescribed
by the legal framework any aggrieved persons or groups
were encouraged to seek redress at the Tribunals.

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