Politician news ::: Ganduje, Others, May Get Visa Ban For Life, As EU Releases Sad Report On Kano State Elections - BESTAREWA BlOG

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Politician news ::: Ganduje, Others, May Get Visa Ban For Life, As EU Releases Sad Report On Kano State Elections

Barely 2 days after the controversial supplementary elections that return Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to Government House, Kano, the European Union Election Observation Mission, EU EOM, has given its verdict on the polls.
The EU Observer Mission, raised concern over cases of violence in Kano and other States.
The Union in a statement issued by its Press Officer, Sarah Fradgley, said that there was violence and intimidation of voters during Saturday’s rerun, in parts of Kano, Bauchi, and Benue States.
It said: “The environment was intimidating, and not conducive to voters’ free participation in the election. Party Leaderships, locally and centrally, did not appear to take any steps to rein in supporters and prevent evident violence, intimidation, or other misconduct.
“Throughout the day, INEC did not comment on electoral disturbances, despite its overall responsibility for the election and security arrangements.”
It added that, though the electoral process had been transparent, there was violence in the rerun election in parts of Kano State, where polling units became inaccessible to EU Observers in some areas.
“In Nasarawa Local Government Area in Kano, which accounted for approximately one-third of all registered voters for the supplementary Governorship election, EU Observers witnessed organised intimidation of voters.
“For example, groups of youths with clubs and machetes patrolled the streets, and people with party Agent tags harassed voters. During collation in Kano, EU Observers saw that several INEC polling Staff had been attacked. Large groups of men with weapons were not contained by the Police.
“Due to intimidating crowds and disturbances, EU Observers in Kano, could not access or continue observation in polling units in Dala and Nasarawa LGAs. The electoral process in Kano was further compromised by the harassment and obstruction of Citizen Observers, and Journalists from BBC Hausa, the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, and TVC. This compromised scrutiny of both polling and collation of results in the affected areas.
“Party Agents were seen trying to interfere more in the process than on the previous two election days. Some polling units in Kano were dominated by controlling party Agents and supporters. Of the 40 polling units that EU teams could fully observe, Agents were present in all, and in five cases were seen interfering in the work of polling Officials.
“The EU EOM will continue to observe the results and petitions’ processes, and will remain in Nigeria until early April.
“The Chief Observer, Maria Arena, will return in June, to present the mission’s final report, which will include recommendations for future electoral processes.”
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