LG elections: Violence erupts in Shomolu LGA as accredited party, YPP disappears on ballot papers

•Observer beaten up for recording a party’s attempt to snatch ballot box in badagry

Violence has disrupted the accreditation and voting process across various polling units in Shomolu local government area.

Yiaga Africa’s Watching The Vote (WTV) Observers stated that this was due to the non-inclusion of a political party, Young Progressives party (YPP).

Yiaga Africa’s Watching the Vote (WTV) made this known in a statement issued to Tribune Online having deployed trained, accredited roving observers to observe the process across the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs in the state.

It explained that YP which is not one of the officially recognised political parties was printed instead of Young Progressives Party (YPP).

Consequently, they gathered that the YPP supporters asked their voters to boycott the election.

“Confusion over the inclusion of a party’s name on the ballot, there was violent disruption of the accreditation and voting  process across polling units in Shomolu LGA.”

“This was fueled by the confusion over the inclusion of a party name on the ballot.

“The name printed on the ballot was YP which is not one of the officially recognised political parties.

“In a few of the polling units observed, the YPP supporters protested the non-inclusion of their party on the ballot and asked voters to boycott the election.

Meanwhile, an election observer of Watching the Vote (WTV) was severely beaten up for recording an attempt to snatch a ballot box by a party agent in In PU 008, Ward B Badagry.

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