Kogi West rerun an attempt to legitimize a flawed election - YIAGA AFRICA

Kogi West rerun an attempt to legitimize a flawed election - YIAGA AFRICA

- YIAGA AFRICA has described the just concluded Kogi West senatorial rerun election as an attempt to legitimize a flawed process

- The group said a total of 25 critical incidents which were majorly around vote-buying, voter suppression and community collusion undermined the process

- The findings are based on reports received from 52 out of 53 polling units in the 7 local government areas and 7 local government collation centres

Election observer group, YIAGA AFRICA has described the just concluded Kogi West senatorial rerun election as an attempt to legitimize a flawed process.

This was contained in the group's statement on the supplementary election sent to journalists on Wednesday, December 4.

“INEC failed to conduct new governorship and senatorial elections in the state, and therefore YIAGA AFRICA believes that the rerun election represents an attempt to legitimize a flawed election,” the group said.

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The group said it also received and confirmed a total of 25 critical incidents, which were majorly around vote-buying, voter suppression and community collusion to undermine the process.

“We are deeply worried and concerned about this emerging trend in electoral manipulation and the deepening culture of impunity.

“Failure to institutionally and decisively act could undermine our democracy. Our politicians, political parties and security agencies have become important threats to our democracy and we must work to hold them to account.

“The Nigerian political class should be recognized as such and place in the right plinth for interrogations, increased engagement and be exposed for local and international sanction,” it said.

This statement is based on YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote findings on the observation of accreditation and voting, counting of ballots, announcement and posting of results at the polling units, and collation of results at LGA collation centres.

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The findings are based on reports received from 52 out of 53 polling units in the 7 local government areas and 7 local government collation centres.

YIAGA AFRICA had observed the Kogi West supplementary election in 53 polling units in 7 local government areas where elections were cancelled or not concluded due to violence and disruption.

The group deployed a total of 63 trained and accredited citizen observers including 53 stationary observers and 10 roving and collation centre observers for the exercise.

Meanwhile, Dino Melaye, the ousted Peoples Democratic Party's senator in the controversial election, has stated that his mandate was stolen from him through violence.

He, however, expressed confidence that the victory of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Smart Adeyemi is temporal.

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