Elections: NHRC records voter suppression in Lagos, Rivers, others

The National Human Rights Commission has listed states where it documented records of voter suppression in the 2023 general election.

Listed among the states are Lagos, Rivers, Imo, Ebonyi and Bayelsa.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports Tuesday that the NHRC said it recorded 22 incidents of hate speeches during the elections.

Presenting a report to newsmen, the Project Coordinator of Mobilising Voters for Election of the NHRC, Hilary Ogbonna, also noted the level of human rights violations associated with the elections.

The project is organised in collaboration with the United Nations Human Rights Resident in Nigeria, Ford Foundation and the Legal Defence and Assistance Project.

The commission on October 17, 2022, inaugurated the project which according to the Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu, SAN, was initiated to tackle voter apathy.

“The NHRC has launched investigations into hate speech committed before, during and after the elections,” he said.

Ogbonna said during the March 18 polls, voter suppression was recorded in Lagos, Rivers, Imo, Ebonyi, Bayelsa.

The right to freedom of association were violated in Ebonyi and Lagos, Right to Dignity of Human Person in Lagos, Edo, Delta, Benue.

“The right to participation was also violated in Lagos, Oyo, Rivers while voting related killings were recorded in Ebonyi, Kano, Lagos, Borno,” he said.

Ogbonna said the situation room records showed that there were two bomb attacks in Kaduna and Benue during the March elections.

He added that 75 facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission were attacked and 130 unknown gunmen and bandits recorded.

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