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In the observation of the vote counting process, only 3% of observers reported that there had been incidents of violence against women poll workers.

91% of observers reported that they witnessed no violence directed at women who were entering or exiting the polling stations.

As with violence against women candidates, most perpetrators were party supporters.

In most cases, where observers reported incidents of violence, women election officials were primarily targeted by intimidation (37%) and threats (33%).

Most observers reported that they observed or witnessed no attacks on women election officials, with 96% reporting no violence.

86% of TWCP’s observers reported that they had neither witnessed nor heard of any candidate encouraging his/her supporters to commit acts of violence against women.

Perpetrators of violence against women candidates or their supporters were overwhelmingly party supporters, with 75% of reports of violence indicating that party supporters were the perpetrators of incidents.

While few incidents of violence were observed, most violent attacks on women candidates or their supporters were with intimidation (34%) or harassment (30%).

66% of observers reported that they had not heard or witnessed family influence preventing women from participating in rallies or the election; of those that did report it, most received the reports from credible third parties.

Of the incidents of violence at rallies that were reported, observers recorded that perpetrators were most frequently party supporters -- supporters were 73% of the reported perpetrators.

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Electoral violence undermines democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. Violence against women in elections is a particular form of electoral violence, motivated by a desire to prevent women from participating in the electoral process, which sees women attacked for daring to participate in elections. Learn More About Votes Without Violence