Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) Gender and Election Watch (GEW)

Press Statement on the Osun Rerun Governorship Election

28 September 2018

Preamble:

The Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF) Gender and Election Watch (GEW) following its deployment of observers for the Osun elections and as a follow up to its earlier press statements on the Osun Governorship election on 22 September 2018 is concerned about the overall conduct of the Osun Rerun election on 27 September 2018. The rerun election featured overwhelming security personnel, hoodlums and thugs which affected the peaceful participation of voters and in particular women and other key stakeholders in the electoral process and therefore states as follows:

  1. NWTF GEW calls for a thorough investigation of all acts of violence and intimidation that transpired during the Osun rerun on 27 September 2018 to restore the confidence of the electorate in the electoral process and as a step towards gaining citizen’s confidence in Nigeria’s democratic process.
  2. NWTF GEW finds the intimidation of women voters, observers, poll officials etc. during the Osun rerun election as worrisome and unacceptable and therefore calls on security agents to uphold their professional ethics, avoid partisanship, and protect lives and property of all during elections.
  3. And as Nigeria moves towards the 2019 General Elections, urges the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to redouble its efforts at protecting the integrity of the electoral process by upholding its regulations and relevant laws.

Signed:

Gender and Election Watch (GEW) Room

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