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2015 Elections: Monitoring group advises against violence

07 February 2014, 15:24

Abuja - Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Chairman, National Association for Peaceful Elections in Nigeria (NAPEN), an NGO, has advised politicians against acts that can result in violence before, during and after the 2015 general elections.

Bogoro gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja at a news conference.

The chairman noted that crises being witnessed in some of the political parties were not good signs as the general elections draw nearer.

He decried the desperation of some politicians as well as their unwillingness to "accept elections results".

He noted elections in the country were characterised by violence which often lead to loss of lives and property.

"More saddening is the fact that many of the election violence are incited and perpetuated by political elite and their associates," he said.

Bogoro identified lack of ideology, ineffective election administration, socio-economic factors and lack of socialisation as some factors precipitating election violence in the country.

He called on enforcement agents to take proactive measures to address possible outbreak of violence before, during and after elections.

Earlier, the Deputy Chairman of NAPEN, Sammie Ihejirika, also called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts at curtailing election related violence.

"The culture of impunity in Nigeria has led to many Nigerians being killed in political violence after the 2011 presidential election," he said

Ihejiriki restated the need for the establishment of Electoral Offences Commission, adding that absence of such institutional and sanctions encouraged electoral violence.

-  NAN

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