2019 Polls: We Noticed Vote-Buying, Violence, Militarisation – Foreign Observers


Ajoint international observation mission by the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute has said it discovered various electoral malpractices and crimes in the 2019 general elections.
The IRI/NDI electoral observers particularly identified vote-buying and electoral violence as some of the setbacks in the conduct of the exercise in various parts of Nigeria.
They called on the Federal Government to implement the Justice Mohammed Uwais-led commission’s report of 2008 and the Ken Nnamani-led electoral reforms committee’s report of 2017.
This position was made known at a press conference jointly addressed by the Senior Associate and Regional Director (Central and West Africa), NDI, Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh; and the Regional Director (Africa), Mr John Tomaszewski, in Abuja last Monday.
According to them, the discoveries were made during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 23, noting that it was monitoring the activities of security agencies in Rivers and others states before, during and after the governorship and state House of Assembly elections held last Saturday.
Listing their findings, NDI/IRI said, “While a marked improvement was seen in the administration of the March 9 state-level elections compared to February 23, and the electoral environment was generally calm in most parts of the country, the elections our delegation observed were marred by irregularities, instances of intimidation, vote-buying and violent acts during the voting, counting, and collation processes in some places.