Kindly Share This Story:By Emmanuel Elebeke & Favour Ulebor A security threat assessment survey released on the forthcoming 2019 general elections in Nigeria reveals that vote buying is the foremost of the fourteen risk factors that could generate tension or electoral violence. In the survey, the level of tension the risk factors can generate was rated on a scale of 0.1 to 1.0 as Low, 1.1 to 2.0 as Medium, and 2.1 to 3.0 as High. The nationwide survey conducted by CLEEN Foundation with support from European Union and the Electoral Institute of INEC between October and December 2018, was carried out with a view to identifying early warning signals that could assist relevant stakeholders, especially the INEC, security agencies and civil society organisations (CSOs) to deploy appropriate responses. READ ALSO: Fake News, biggest threat to 2019 polls – Lai Mohammed The national average score for the risk factors emerged in this order: vote-buying (1.16), godfatherism (1.16), hard drugs (1.14), hate speech (1.14), history of electoral violence (1.11), cult activities (1.10), politicians (1.10), problematic party primaries (1.08), violent campaigns (1.07), farmer/herdsmen crisis (1.07), ethnicity/religious crisis (1.08), insurgency (1.04), agitation (1.04), and militancy (1.02). However, there are variations in the ranking of… Read full this story
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