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85% of observers reported that they did not witness or hear of attacks on women candidates or their supporters; of those that did witness or hear of such attacks, most reports came from credible third parties.

Of the reported incidents of violence against women voters entering or exiting the polling stations that were received, 63% were acts of harassment; the next most frequent type of violence observed was physical violence (25%).

Of the incidents of violence against women that were observed at polling stations, 50% of the perpetrators were recorded as being other than polling officials or members of security forces.

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.

94% of observers reported that they did not hear of or witness any property destruction targeting women candidates or their supporters.

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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