The European Union Election Observation Mission has said that it witnessed organized violence and intimidation of voters during Saturday’s supplementary elections in parts of Kano State.
The foreign observer group noted that the police and other party leaders failed to prevent attacks on electoral officials and electorate by armed gangs in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
EU EOM also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of failing to comment on the electoral violence despite its responsibility for the election and security arrangements in the state.
“The environment was intimidating and not conducive to voters’ free participation in the election.
“Party leaderships, locally and centrally, did not appear to take any steps to rein in supporters and prevent evident violence, intimidation or other misconduct.
“Throughout the day, INEC did not comment on electoral disturbances, despite its overall responsibility for the election and security arrangements; EU observers witnessed organised intimidation of voters.”
“For example, groups of youths with clubs and machetes patrolled the streets, and people with party agent tags harassed voters. During collation in Kano, EU observers saw that several INEC members of staff had been attacked.
“Large groups of men with weapons were not contained by the police. Due to intimidating crowds and disturbances, EU observers in Kano could not access or continue observation in polling units in Dala and Nasarawa LGAs.”