Hundreds of women are demonstrating in Port Harcourt on Thursday, March 28, calling for the immediate removal of the Rivers state Returning Electoral Commissioner over perceived controversial election decisions. The commissioner previously suspended the March 9 electoral process in the state due to electoral violence, reports of voters being intimidated by criminals and security operatives, and various other electoral irregularities. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced on Wednesday, March 27, that officials would resume vote collation and publish the results between April 2-5, with supplementary elections on April 13, if necessary. Final results would then be announced between April 13-15. Further election-related protests surrounding the vote are possible.
Nigeria held gubernatorial and state legislative elections on Saturday, March 9, following nationwide presidential elections on February 23. The INEC reported "widespread disruptions" at polling places, including voter intimidation and some reports of violence.
Individuals in Nigeria are advised to monitor the situation, avoid public political demonstrations due to the risk of violence, anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions during any reelection dates, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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