Elections: Group seeks police, INEC collaboration

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An election observer group, Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has called for greater collaboration among the police, stakeholders and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure free, fair and peaceful general election.

Speaking at a one-day stakeholders meeting in Abuja, acting executive director of CTA, Faith Nwadishi, said the election requires all hands to be on deck to ensure that it is credible.

She said, “Security personnel are supposed to be non-partisan and collaborate with the election umpire as well as citizens to deliver a free, fair and credible election.

“We therefore call for a synergy between INEC and security agencies especially, the police to harmonise operations and work as a team for a common goal and national good. INEC is the body in charge of elections and the police play complimentary roles especially, in pre-election, election-day and post-election day security.”

The CTA boss however expressed concern over what she said was the desperation of politicians to win at all cost, saying such desperation has forced politicians to device means of derailing the electoral process.

Specifically, she said political campaigns have been centred on the use of words aimed at causing unrest in the polity instead of focusing on issues.

She said, “This level of desperation is not good for the polity, therefore, politicians are called upon to reduce acrimony and should not act in any manner that will not support peaceful, free, fair and credible election.”

She noted that issues of security, vote buying and voter apathy need to be quickly addressed before the commencement of the polls.

On voter apathy, she said the CTA has observed that despite announcements and efforts by INEC, many citizens are yet to collect their PVCs.

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