US 'concerned' about voting irregularities in Nigeria Osun state elections

A voter uses a machine to print her thumbprint during the Osun State gubernatorial election in Ede, in the Osun State in southwest Nigeria, on September 22, 2018. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)US elections observers in a fiercely-contested state governor election in Nigeria say they witnessed what appeared to be incidents of voter intimidation and interference in the electoral process.

US Consul General, John Bray was part of a diplomatic mission that observed voting at polling stations in Osun State, south west Nigeria on Thursday.
"The Missions of the United States, European Union and the United Kingdom observed voting at polling stations in Osun today," he said in a local media interview.
"We witnessed what appeared to be incidents of interference and intimidation of voters and heard reports of harassment of party monitors, journalists and domestic observers." Bray added.
    "We are very concerned by these reports and will be checking with stakeholders to determine the facts. We call on all stakeholders to remain calm." he added.
    Allegations of thuggery and voter intimidation marred the Thursday rerun of the election which was first held on September 22.
    Photos of injured civilians was also posted on social media, while local media also reported cases of vote buying by political parties.