Yiaga Africa has described the violence that rocked that Ekiti East State bye-election, which was held on Saturday as despicable and antithetical.
Whereas condemning the violence the election, the group in a press release on Sunday, mentioned that electoral impunity should be addressed as a way to frontally curb the menace.
Based on the Director of Packages, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu, the unleashing of mayhem throughout the electoral course of, which resulted within the demise of Nigerians performing their civic responsibility and gunshot wounds sustained by an NYSC member and a feminine police officer at their responsibility publish, was an assault on democracy and the sanctity of life.
“Yiaga Africa condemns in its totality this onslaught on the election in Ekiti East State bye-election and the violence that has price us harmless lives. No citizen deserves to die in the midst of exercising their civic proper and performing their civic duty.
“The desperation of political actors to seize energy, by all means, stays a risk to our electoral democracy. It’s embarrassing to look at our political class violate the electoral legal guidelines with impunity and utmost disregard for the sanctity of life and good apply. No democracy can thrive if politicians circumvent the rule of regulation, deploy violence and different rigging techniques to win elections in any respect prices.”
In the meantime, the group has counseled the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, on its choice to droop the method indefinitely, because it pressured that credible elections can’t be performed beneath a chaotic environment.
Equally, Yiaga Africa urged the fee and the Police to research the electoral violence and as nicely prosecute everybody discovered responsible.
“The prosecution should embrace each the sponsors of the violence and the people deployed to trigger the violence. Nigeria’s democracy can not be pushed by renegades pretending to be political leaders/politicians. The rapid prosecution of those offenders will deter future actors and scale back this tradition of impunity.
“The Nigerian Police and different Safety companies should stay as much as their duty of defending voters, voting supplies, and electoral officers earlier than, throughout, and after elections. Political events and politicians ought to urge their supporters to shun violence and different acts able to undermining our electoral course of.
“We additional urge the Nationwide Meeting to hasten the electoral modification course of to allow the well timed and diligent prosecution of electoral offenders, in addition to systemic challenges plaguing our electoral course of, are addressed.”