Stakeholders in Bauchi have identified refusal to accept election results by contestants as and Rigging of elections, malpractices and inciting comments by politicians as the root causes of the 2011 post election violence in the country.
The stakeholders yesterday made this know at the NEMA Gombe Zonal Sensitization and Awareness Meeting on dangers of post-election violence held at the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Office, Bauchi.
A lecturer from the Federal polytechnic Bauchi, Hamid Mohammed, also gave incumbency as another factor for election violence as, according to him, incumbents always regard wining election as their rights.
Hamid told the stakeholders of the need for INEC to be impartial in the conduct of elections in order to avoid violence before, during and after elections.
Also contributing to the workshop, Bauchi state CAN Chairman, Rev. Joshua Maina attributed religion, politics and money as cause of violence during elections.
Rev. Joshua Maina explained that electorates have the right to decide on the type of leader they want but not leave it to the powers that be for aggrandized interests.
He enjoined religious Leaders to be non-partisan and to preach divinity in the conduct of the people without recourse to financial benefits from any quarter.
The Head of NEMA Gombe Zonal Operations Office, organizers of the workshop, Saidu Ahmed Minin said the meeting is geared to realize the concept notes developed for the implementation of Nigerian elections risk preparedness and contingency plan in line with the agency’s mandate.
Minin, who described as disaster any security breach before, during and after election, said INEC after drawing lessons from 2011 post-election violence, constituted an inter-agency consultative committee on election to proffer solutions to election violence in Nigeria.
He told the stakeholders that the meeting which targets youth, women group, Faith based organizations and CBOs has been divided into sub topics which include role of INEC in addressing elections violence.
These were parts of the communique issued yesterday at the end of a one day sensitisation workshop organised by Head the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Gombe Operations in Bauchi.
The workshop organised for youths, women groups, faith-based organisations, and community-based organisations was also to create awareness on how to avoid a repeat of the 2011 incident in the forthcoming election:
Stakeholders agreed that to guarantee violence either before,during and after this month’s general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC must ensure that the elections were totally transparent.
Politicians as major stakeholders in the electoral process must guard their against inflamatory utterances and avoid the idae of hate language or threat for there to be peace.
Religious leaders must avoid being partisan and should be alive to their responsibility of ensuring that values of love, respect for life and humanity, respect for people and constituted authority are preached in their sermons.