Elections in Africa’s most populous nation have typically been marred by violence, claims of vote-rigging and logistical issues because it emerged from navy rule in 1999.
Gunmen wielding explosives bombed a neighborhood election workplace and a police station in southeast Nigeria, killing a teenage boy and destroying voting supplies, officers have stated, within the newest assault on electoral authorities within the area.
AFP information company reported on Thursday that the assault on the Idemili workplace of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) in Anambra state occurred on Wednesday lower than a month earlier than the February 25 presidential poll.
Insecurity is a serious situation within the marketing campaign for the election to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military commander who’s stepping down after two phrases allowed within the structure.
“The constructing was considerably broken. All furnishings and different objects had been destroyed, together with non-sensitive supplies just lately delivered in readiness for the 2023 Basic Election,” INEC’s nationwide spokesman Festus Okoye stated in a press release late Wednesday.
He stated among the many objects misplaced had been 729 poll bins, 243 voting cubicles and 256 election baggage.
Okoye stated voters playing cards but to be collected by their homeowners for the poll weren’t affected by the hearth.
“The destruction seems to have been coordinated because the Cell Police Station within the LGA (native authorities space) was equally attacked,” he added.
Voters head to polls in Nigeria’s key native election
Historical past of violence
Because it emerged from navy rule in 1999, elections in Africa’s most populous nation have typically been marred by violence, claims of vote-rigging and logistical issues.
INEC has expressed issues over repeated assaults on its amenities, fearing they could jeopardise the election, although INEC’s chairman has stated the upcoming poll will go forward as deliberate and with out delays.
Anambra police spokesman Ikenga Tochukwu stated Wednesday’s gunmen, armed additionally with improvised explosives and petrol bombs, invaded the INEC workplace, the police station and the residential constructing within the station.
He stated a boy was killed and a woman injured within the assault.
Violence in southeast Nigeria is commonly blamed on the separatist militant group Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Japanese Safety Community.
IPOB, which agitates for a separate state for ethnic Igbo individuals within the southeast, has repeatedly denied any duty for the violence.
Scores of police and different safety personnel have been killed in southeastern states for the reason that starting of final yr in focused assaults, in accordance with native media tallies.
Separatism is delicate in Nigeria, the place a 1967 name for an unbiased Republic of Biafra within the southeast by Igbo military officers sparked a three-year civil conflict that left multiple million individuals useless.
Nigeria’s armed forces are additionally batting on a number of different fronts: Militants are preventing a 13-year conflict within the nation’s northeast whereas closely armed prison gangs perform mass kidnappings and looting raids within the rural northwest.
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