The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has claimed that 626 persons were killed across the country during the general and supplementary 2019 elections.
The civil society organization, which was one of the accredited election monitors, while releasing its final report on the 2019 general elections in Abuja, noted that the number increased compared to the 106 killed in the country’s 2015 general elections.
Listing the numbers of deaths per the six geopolitical zones in the country, the organisation expressed it’s deep worry about the spike in politically motivated killings in the country. “There were 96 verified incidents, which resulted in 361 deaths between the period of November 16, 2018, and Presidential Elections Day of February 23, 2019. During a period covering 104days, a daily average of 3.5deaths of Nigerians were recorded, with an incident occurring almost every day. Incidents that resulted in fatalities were recorded in 29 of the 36 states (including the Federal Capital Territory)“, the report says.
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The report added that the North-West, North-East and North-Central had fatalities that exceeded the average, noting that It also claimed that Benue, Borno, Kaduna and Rivers had the highest casualties.