Possible violence fears grip Nigeria after Presidential polls
By Mutinta Himunyanga in Abuja, Nigeria, West Africa
The author sponsored by African Women Leaders Forum (AWLF) to monitor the 2023 Presidential elections in Nigeria says a day after West African country went to the presidential elections , the streets in Abuja look abandoned and empty.
There was a total of 18 candidates seeking votes to lead Africa’s most populous nation.
It has been observed that many people have opted to stay in doors for fear of possible violence outbreak once the official results are announced.
There is generally a lot of tension and fear across the nation and this is as a result of the violence that rocked the campaign period.
There are reports of some terrorist attacks by Boka Haram in Gwoza, Borno State, were a number of people sustained injuries as they were running away to safety from the attacks that targeted the voters as they lined up for voting.
However, peace was later maintained by the enforcement of the Nigerian military and the voting later continued.
People talked to are calling for the immediate announcement of the results to calm down the tension.
The 2023 Nigerian Presidential election has witnessed unprecedented number of women and youths turning out large numbers to vote.
“The earlier the results are announced the better, any delays is creating doubt and suspicion of result tempering and manipulation,” said one source.
It is now no more news that there are 18 registered political parties in Nigeria as approved by INEC for the 2023 General Election, as against 91 Political parties in 2019.
After series of drama in the parties’ primaries for the aspirants, below are the winner of their party primaries.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was established by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to among other things organize elections for various political offices in the country.
The functions of INEC as contained in Section 15, Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) and Section 2 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).