- The Centre for Democracy and Development has expressed displeasure over attack of observers deployed to monitor the supplementary election in Kano state
- Idayat Hassan, the director of CDD, says observers were stoned and not allowed to perform their duty
- According to Hassan, journalists covering the electoral process were also attacked
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Saturday, March 23, said its observers that were deployed to monitor the supplementary election in Kano state were stoned and not allowed to perform their duty.
The disclosure was made by the director of CDD, Idayat Hassan, who said journalists covering the electoral process were also attacked, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng notes that Hassan said: “This electoral cycle has witnessed so much intimidation, harassment and attack on voters, journalists, observers and INEC officials.
“This unfortunate development however took an unprecedented turn in the Kano supplementary elections where party agents and thugs intimidated and attacked voters and observers in the course of exercising their franchise or monitoring the process.
“A CDD Observer in Gama LGA, Gwagwarwa 5 centre, Polling Unit 010 A & B, Kano State, with 756 registered voters was harassed by a mammoth crowd when he tried to take pictures of the voting process. In Gama LGA, KofarMazugal, Masaka Primary School centre polling unit 051 with 752 registered voters, stones were thrown at our observers in order to prevent them from observing the polling processes.
“The high level of intolerance against poll monitors was not limited to observers. We also confirmed the harassment of two journalists. In Minjibir LGA of Kano State, a journalist from the National Television Authority (NTA) was attacked and his car was vandalised when covering the polling process. Similarly, we confirmed that one of the crew members of Television Continental (TVC) was harassed by political thugs.
“We also received a report of an attack on INEC ad-hoc officials and party agents in Zaki Biam, Ukum LGA, Benue State. The level of impunity at which this gruesome act is being prosecuted by hoodlum at the ballot box and theinability of security agents to respond adequately and hold perpetrators accountable are sources of concern.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Micheal Anthony Ogbizi, the deputy inspector general of police said the supplementary election in Kano state was peaceful despite minor violence recorded in some areas.
Ogbizi, who was deployed to Kano for the purpose of the rerun election accused some persons of trying to cause chaos in the state by spreading false reports.
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