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Kogi election: Observer group raises alarm over security threats, violent attacks

Election observer group, YIAGA AFRICA, on Friday, November 15, raised an alarm over emerging concerns in the forthcoming Kogi governorship election.

The group made the allegation during a press briefing in Lokoja on Thursday, November 14, by its executive director, Samson Itodo.

Itodo said the concerns include security threats, violent attacks and attempts to limit electoral competition through violence and intimidation and restriction of campaigns to certain locations.

The group's report put INEC on the alert regarding logistical concerns especially with locations affected by flood in the state.

In the briefing made available to Legit.ng, Itodo said: "Drawing from the lessons in the 2019 elections, YIAGA AFRICA is concerned with the trend of arbitrary cancellation of votes by returning, collation and presiding officers during the results collation.

''INEC as the electoral umpire should ensure that the poll is transparent and credible.The commission must ensure that all election day polling unit and collation processes are conducted within its own guidelines to forestall complaints of bias and illegality.

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''YIAGA AFRICA urges all deployed security personnel to remain neutral throughout the election.'"

The group advised the electoral commission to place priorities on protecting human rights, electoral officers, election materials and candidates during the election.

Security agencies were also advised to avoid harassing and intimidating voters, election officials, observers and members of the media

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