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Elections: Okowa Urges Security Agencies To Be Impartial

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Monday urged security agencies and other stakeholders involved in the conduct of forthcoming general elections in the country to be impartial.

The governor gave the charge when the South-South Zone Police Service Commission Monitoring Team visited him in Asaba.

He said that politicians should be allowed to campaign freely and to reach out to the people to ask for votes.

According to him, the people must also be allowed to exercise their will freely.

“We expect that impartiality is carried and there is no form of intimidation of voters in the course of the elections.

“This is because when such happens, it will create a lot of challenges that will run in the course of the post-election era.

“Nigerians expect that the general election will be hitch-free, fair and peaceful and the will of the people will prevail.

“The proper conduct of the elections will deepen the strength of our democracy and bring more foreign investment.

“If we conduct an election that does not meet global standards, it will affect our democracy and our nation. We pray that we conduct an election that meets global standards and is acceptable to the world.

“Our economy is presently challenged and any further challenge will set us back; that is why we are in support of this sensitization and it should be taken closely to the rank and file of the Nigerian Police.

“For the electoral process to go smoothly, the Police have a lot of roles to play to boost voters’ confidence.

“This confidence-building process will be such that will assure voters in the field of their safety and the voting process will be smooth,” Okowa said.

Earlier, leader of the police team, Mr Austin Braimoh, had said that they were in Delta for pre-election sensitization.

According to him, Police officers on election duties have a responsibility of ensuring that peaceful atmosphere is maintained at the polling and counting centres during elections.

“They are to ensure that citizens exercise their franchise without fear of coercion, intimidation, violence or manipulation.”

He commended Okowa’s administration for its support to the Police. (NAN)

 


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