Professor Kunle Ajayi, National Commissioner for INEC and Chairman of the Outreach and Partnership Committee, asserted that those who stir up trouble will continue to do so, even if all the police officers in the world are deployed to those elections. However, in terms of trend, the 2023 elections saw fewer cases than previous ones.
Ajayi made this statement in Abuja at the public presentation of the Nigeria election violence report for the general elections of 2023 by the Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), a nonprofit that monitors and mitigates election violence. 28 fatalities and 238 acts of violence were registered during the general elections of 2023, according to KDI' s report.
" One thing you should be aware of is that it is impossible to report every instance of violence on election day. " Those who cause problems will always do so, even if you send every police officer in the world to those elections, but in terms of trend, there were fewer incidents this year than in previous elections, and by implications, we' ll continue to build on that and improve the circumstances so that we continue to have peaceful elections, " he said.
" I can assure you INEC is taking the issue of electoral offences very seriously and it won' t be like before that people will just commit offence and get away with it, " he stated in reference to prosecuting electoral offenders. KDI Executive Director, Mr. Bukola Idowu, had stated during the presentation that " In total, we had like about 238 cases of election violence, which is spread out across the country, and not good enough. Each of them have their perpetrators, and then there are also the victims, which we have close to 900 victims, and at the same time, reported 24 cases electoral death. "
Based on research showing that the more security forces are present in a neighborhood, the less electoral violence is recorded, he claims that this has proven to be one of the most effective approaches to reduce election violence.
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