A civil society organisation, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa), has called for the prosecution of perpetrators violence during the supplementary elections.
It said the non-compliance with electoral guidelines, intimidation of voters and observers, violence and voter suppression in some states impeded on the integrity of the exercise.
In a statement by YIAGA Africa’s Watching the Vote (WTV) Working Group Chair Dr. Hussaini Abdu and Executive Director Samson Itodo, the group said it deployed 264 observers to 311 polling units in the 98 Local Government Areas (LGA) where supplementary elections were held.
It also sent 95 observers to 95 LGA results collation centres in the five states, namely Bauchi Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto.
Calling for the prosecution of offenders, the group said that several electoral offences were observed and reported by WTV observers and other domestic and international observer groups.
However they urged INEC and Nigerian police to properly investigate cases of infractions and ensure diligent prosecution of electoral offenders also praising INEC for improved management of election logistics and timely deployment for the elections.