Ahead of the 2023 general elections, some stakeholders in Bayelsa State have appealed for a peaceful and violence-free general elections.
The stakeholders who spoke to our Correspondent in Yenagoa, noted with dismay, the increase in the number of cases of electoral violence in the state.
President-General of the Bayelsa Comrade Family, Comrade Robert Igali, said political gladiators and their followers should follow the path of peace while urging traditional rulers to enact by-laws that would regulate the activities of politicians in their various communities.
He expressed optimism that the Electoral bill and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAP) bill, would help bring electoral violence to its minimal in the state if proper awareness is created.
On his part, a member of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Comrade David West, advised youths to rather avail themselves to be used as tools for positive change.
He also called on the government to be more strict in taking actions against perpetrators of electoral violence.
West emphasized on the need for political actors to desist from seeing election as a do or die affair, stressing that it is one of the major reasons for electoral violence.