THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday alleged mobilization of thugs by unnamed folks for this month’s governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
Chairman of the fee, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated in Abuja that the intention was to affect or disrupt the November 16 course of.
But the police authorities stated they have been mobilizing their very own personnel to cope with any risk to the elections.
A complete of 69,282 police women and men will likely be on responsibility within the two states to guard lives and property, in line with Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu.
Both males spoke on the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) assembly organised by the fee forward of the polls.
Yakubu stated: “There are already warning alerts within the two states; each are politically unstable. Elections have been disrupted by violence up to now.
He stated the fee has already recognized some flashpoints.
He stated the thugs have been that “mobilised from inside and out of doors the states with the intention of both influencing the elections or disrupting the method on behalf of partisan sponsors.
“This calls for a robust response before the elections, on election day and during the process of collation and declaration of results.”
He stated the ICCES assembly was designed to overview the safety scenario within the two states and see how greatest to safe the atmosphere to allow the fee conduct free and truthful election.
“Doing so means providing security that will guarantee safety of voters; protection of INEC officials, unimpeded movement, including access to polling units and collation centres for election officials,” he stated.
“These embody safety of accredited polling brokers, observers and the media; successfully and dispassionately coping with disruptive behaviour by political actors and individuals appearing on their behalf.
“Enforcement of the restriction of movement in both states on election day and the prompt arrest and prosecution of offenders.”
Responding to the INEC assertion, Adamu stated 69,282 police personnel can be deployed to the 2 states to take care of legislation and order earlier than, throughout and after the elections.
Adamu stated the pressure was prepared for the polls.
“We are aware of the security challenges in the two states and we have made adequate provisions in terms of personnel and logistics to tackle any security challenge we might face,” he stated.
“In Bayelsa, we’re deploying 31,041 personnel to cowl the election; in Kogi, we’re deploying 35,200 personnel.
“These personnel are to cover every terrain in both states;no tout will be allowed in to disrupt election, all those areas will be manned.” he stated.
He assured the safety of INEC personnel and supplies earlier than and through the elections.
The police boss stated that ward assortment centres and polling models can be adequately protected in addition to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) workplaces the place the supplies will likely be stored.