CLEEN Foundation List Threats to Anambra Governorship Election

PeterObi

As the countdown to the Anambra gubernatorial election continues, the dynamics of politics in the state and the large number of political parties and candidates contesting for the seat make it an election to keenly observe. Although Anambra is not known for election violence, there is need to watch against the possibility of physical contests. The involvement of significant political heavy weights and money bags in politics at the state and at the federal level would weigh in significantly and impact on how peaceful or otherwise this election would be. This edition of CLEEN Foundation’s Election Security Brief (ESB) examines the security threats and mitigating factors as well as recommends measures to prevent electoral violence in the Anambra election.

Key Risk Factors:
• Influence of the ruling party in favour of its candidate and desperation by opposing candidates to undermine it.
• Overbearing influence of political godfathers
• Executing of malpractices perfected at the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) stage
• Mobilization of students’ gangster (cult) groups

Key Mitigating Factors:
• Expansion of political space to accommodate twenty three (23) political parties and candidates.
• Political awareness in the state and voters’ preference to vote candidates and not political parties.
• Training of DPOs and Area commanders on Election Security Management.
• Strategic and early deployment of adequate security to identified areas of threat in the state
• Improvement in INEC’s preparations for elections, which in the past was a major threat to security.

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