CSOs decry recurrent poll violence

ballot boxEMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) has bemoaned the intimidation of voters by politicians and parties, warning  such conduct was an affront to democracy.

The coalition, under the umbrella, Election Reform Expert Group (EREG),  said this was derailing the nation’s democratic process, particularly in  the area of gains made over the years in the nation’s quest for a credible  electoral system.

EREG expressed dismay at the trend, which it pointed out was prevalent in  the Bayelsa, Imo and Rivers States where polls have been deferred as a  result of violence.

It bemoaned the continued torching of Independent National Electoral  Commission’s (INEC’s) facilities/property and physical harassment of electoral staff.

The EREG will continue to engage INEC on the best approaches to improve our electoral processes and enjoins all Nigerians to take note of those  who through their actions are robbing us of the rights to freely determine their leaders.

Among organisations under the coalition include Centre for Transparency Advocacy, Public Interest Lawyers League, Protest to Power, Network of  Police Reforms in Nigeria and Centre for Gender and Development  Initiative.

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