18 killed in South-East during election violence – Report
The Nigeria Election Violence Report has revealed that 18 persons were killed in the South-East during the 2019 general elections.
It said 530 persons also suffered varying degrees of injury during the elections.
The report was presented by the Womens Aid Collative, in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Enugu on Monday.
The breakdown of the figure showed that one person was killed in Enugu State; six killed in Imo State; two killed in Anambra State while nine persons were killed in Ebonyi State.
The report recommended the introduction of electronic voting in future elections to mitigate violence.
A data analyst with WACOL, Dr Malachy Ochie, who presented the report, said apart from Enugu State where cases of election violence were minimal, elections in other states witnessed violence, killings and destruction of property.
Ochie, who is also a Senior Lecturer at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, said 18 cases of violence were recorded in Enugu State, while 32 of such cases were recorded in Abia State.
He said 84 cases of violence were recorded in Imo State, out of which six people were killed while 306 people was injured.
Anambra State, according to him, recorded 27 cases of violence, out of which two people were killed and 18 people injured.
He said Ebonyi State recorded 124 cases of violence, out of which nine people died and 91 people were injured.
He further said eight vehicles were destroyed, 10 houses burnt and 15 motorcycles destroyed during the violence.
“Apart from reported cases of violence in places like Ebonyi, Abia and Imo States, our monitors also reported large scale of vote-buying and voter-intimidation by political thugs,” he said. Punch