2019: US group predicts more defections, electoral violence across states, offers solutions

2019: US group predicts more defections, electoral violence across states, offers solutions

- As the 2019 general elections are drawing nearer, there are apprehensions as to how INEC's conduct of the all-important exercise will play out

- The United State Institute for Peace has said that based on field research, there are possibilities of electoral violence and defections between political parties

- The group urged international bodies to rally round Nigeria and assist it during the campaign, voting, and results phases of the election

The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) has said that the 2019 general elections might be fraught with violence in Nigeria.

In a recent report, the institute stated that social and economic imbalance, ethnic and religious divisions, and corruption would be the contributory factors to the risks of electoral violence in the country, if they are not properly dealt with, www.usip.org reports.

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The international body pointed that the challenge required innovative approaches on account of the shift in the dynamics of violence since the last elections in 2015.

The report said: “In addition to the broad trends and shifts identified earlier in the report, the eight states’ profiles that follow illustrate the distinct combination of risks faced in different parts of Nigeria across the country’s various political zones.

"While not intended to be exhaustive, these profiles demonstrate the diversity of challenges across the country.

“They clearly show the limitations of pursuing a single strategy to mitigate electoral violence and argue for adaption and innovation, on a state-by-state basis.”

The report also disclosed that public confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for credible elections is unstable, adding that the electoral body would gain a much from a transparency in managing polls' results.

It further predicted that grievances arising from recent local government elections might also have significant consequences for the national elections.

It suggested that successful state-level initiatives in Plateau state would reduce religious intolerance.

The group further recommended that other international supporters of Nigeria’s electoral process should augment their diplomatic efforts to preempt electoral violence in the run-up to the 2019 elections.

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Moreover, it suggested that during the campaign, voting, and results phases of the election, regional and continental leaders should be prepared to mediate disputes and to work toward peaceful acceptance of the election’s outcomes.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the election observation teams of the United States (US), the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom, late Thursday, September 27, gave their initial observation on the conduct of the rerun governorship election in Osun state.

Speaking in Osogbo in an interview, a member of the observer team, who spoke on behalf of the others, said there were reports of irregularities, harassment and interference by inappropriate persons in the elections.

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Source: Legit.ng

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