The Head of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Jakaya Kikwete has called for the prosecution of perpetrators of election related violence in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

In the group’s Interim Statement presented in Abuja, Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, said that those found liable should be prosecuted.

According to reports from the civil society, about 35 people were killed in election violence across eight states.

The head of group, however, said in spite of the challenges experienced that Nigerians had the opportunity to express their will and exercise their franchise.

He also urged that the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC to include Nigerians on essential duties in the voting process in future elections.

He lauded the hard work and dedication of polling staff but noted that many of them would benefit from more comprehensive trainings.