Nigeria: 66 violent incidents in governorship poll‏

The statement was silent on casualties from the attacks

Nigeria: 66 violent incidents in governorship poll‏

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Nigeria's electoral body reported on Sunday tens of violent attacks during Saturday's governorship and state assemblies elections, but insisted that the exercise went largely peaceful.

"Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s records show that there were 66 reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, INEC officials, voters and election materials," INEC spokesman Kayode Idowu said in a statement.

A total of 16 such incidents were reported in the Rivers State alone.

"The Commission is investigating these incidents and will do everything within in its powers to bring culprits to justice," said Idowu.

The statement was silent on casualties from the attacks.

But local newspapers had claimed that up to 20 deaths we recorded across the country, especially in the southern region.

Police have not spoken on the alleged deaths yet.

Nigerians went to the polls Saturday to elect governors to 29 federal states and assemblies in all of the country's 36 states.

No official result has been announced as at the moment of filing this report.

"Overall, many parts of the country remained relatively peaceful during the elections," said Idowu.

The election body insisted that the vote was a huge success in terms of distribution of materials; arrival of officials to the polling stations; and commending the voters for their peaceful conducts.

"A general assessment shows that the elections went very well across the country," said Idowu.

"INEC commends Nigerians for once again demonstrating their resolve and commitment to participate in the electoral process and by doing so, contributing to deepening democracy in our country," he added.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Nisan 2015, 17:02