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Electoral violence killed 1,149 Nigerians in 42 attacks – INEC

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INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has lost no fewer than 9,836 smart card readers in over 42 attacks on its offices and staff in three years.

  Also, more than 1,149 persons, including INEC employees and security officers were killed in the three elections held in 2011, 2015 and 2019. Ballot papers, cubicles and other materials were similarly destroyed.

  Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, stated this in an interview with newsmen, yesterday.

  According to him, an INEC worker identified as Anthony Nwokorie, was shot dead by gunmen while conducting the continuous voter registration in the Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State last Friday with a viral video showing the hoodlums forcing registrants to lie on the ground while destroying registration materials and vowing that elections would not hold in the South-East.

  Following the violent assaults on its assets and staff, the electoral body has expressed fears over the 2023 elections, stating that there would be no results at polling units where violent incidents were orchestrated.

  Warning that no return would be made where violence was deliberately precipitated to undermine the electoral process, he also describes the attacks on the commission as regrettable, the resident electoral commissioner assured Nigerians that the body was devising strategies to protect its offices, assets and personnel ahead of the 2023 general election.

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