Nigeria: Civil society group urges credible elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), a coalition of over 70 civil society organizations, has called for free, fair and credible governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States on Saturday, 11th November 2023.

In a preliminary statement issued on Friday and signed by its Convener, Y.Z Ya’u, and Co-Conveners, Mimidoo Achakpa and Franklin Oloniju, Situation Room expressed concerns about recent developments in the three states, including reports of election-related violence, intimidation of political opponents and abuse of incumbency.

The group urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to abide by the provisions of the Electoral Act and its Regulations and Guidelines at all stages of the election, and to ensure that the results are transparent and accountable.

Situation Room also called on the Police and all supporting security agencies deployed for election security duty to display professionalism and neutrality.

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