According to the CLEEN Foundation’s Election Security Brief, unguarded statements, inflammatory and inciting comments by political gladiators in the state are contributory factors to violence. “Any perceived act of prejudice or bias by security agents in favour or against any of the contestants can resort to breakdown of law and order,” the study noted.
Other violence-inducing factors, according to the assessment, include late arrival of election personnel and inadequate polling materials; inadequate security personnel at polling units; and biased and inaccurate media reportage of events around the election. “Unwarranted clampdown on opposition leaders as alleged in Ekiti State and overzealousness on the part of the security agents can be counter-productive as the people may resist any act of molestation or harassment,” the study stated.
Also, “Inability of some voters to collect their Permanent Voters Cards or to find their names on the Voters Register may cause some challenges at polling units. A number of clashes have already been reported to have taken place among the supporters of APC and PDP in some parts of the state. There were also allegations of the supporters of these parties trying to outdo each other. These have led to injuries and destruction of properties. Vote-buying as is currently being alleged is an incentive to violence and a great risk factor,” the study added.