By Joe Nwankwo, Assistant Editor, Abuja, Ben Duru, SE bureau Chjief Hassan Zaggi Correspondent, Abuja
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The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon E. Arase, has read the riot act to all officers involved in the re-run election scheduled for Abia, Imo, Kogi, Delta and Taraba states today to conduct themselves in line with established standard operational guidelines.Also, as part of efforts to ensure adequate security, the IGP has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in the areas where the elections will be conducted.
He stated this in a statement signed by the Force Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, a copy which was made available to Saturday Independent in Abuja, Friday.
He reminded officers to be above board and maintain the highest level of professionalism for which the Force has been widely commended both locally and internationally.
Arase vowed that severe disciplinary sanctions would be meted out to any deviant officer who breaches the code of conduct.
According to the IGP: “This restriction of vehicular movements order affects movements in and out of the areas where the rerun elections are to take place, except for ambulances, fire service trucks and others on essential duties.
“Consequently, travelers and citizens who intend to ply roads within those hours are advised to plan alternative routes.”
The IGP also warned government officials and political office holders not to go to polling units with uniformed orderlies or aides, while persons who have no business with voting must not be found within 300 metres of a polling unit.
He further disclosed that the Police high command has also put adequate security measures in place with the deployment of additional senior officers to provide security at polling centres.
According to the IGP, one deputy inspector-general (DIG), one assistant inspector-general (AIG) and two commissioners have been posted to Abia state and one AIG and three commissioners of police (CPs) has been posted to Imo State.
On the other hand, two AIGs and two deputy commissioners of police have been deployed to Taraba State.
Arase, however, enjoined residents of the areas where the rerun will take place to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate police authority.
Meanwhile as part of efforts to ensure effective oversight on the supplementary governorship election the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has deployed three National Commissioners to each of the states on supervisory duties.
The Commission’s secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, in a statement on Friday in Abuja said “the National Commissioners will be assisted in each of the states by three Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). These are besides the substantive RECs for the affected states.
“The supplementary elections will hold in 51 Registration Areas (RAs) in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Abia State; 79 RAs in 23 LGAs in Imo; and 32 RAs in 10 LGAs in Taraba. INEC has also deployed three directing staff from its headquarters to each of the affected states to coordinate the operations, while some other staff from the headquarters has been deployed to the states as Monitors. In addition, Electoral Officers (EOs) from neighbouring states will be on ground to assist the EOs of the affected LGAs.
Ogakwu said that “the Commission is determined to ensure that the supplementary elections are free, fair credible and peaceful; and it urges voters in the affected areas to conduct themselves peacefully and in accordance with set procedures of the elections, so that the process is crisis-free and concludes in good time. We also call on the Police to ensure compliance by political actors with the restriction on movement in places where the elections are holding.
“INEC reassures the public that it is investigating allegations of misconduct by some officials during the recent general elections, and will ensure that anyone proven to have violated the rules is brought to book” she added.
Against the backdrop of protests against the Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Professor Benjamin Ozumba and the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Abia State Professor Selina Oko, over the stalemated April 11 governorship election, the INEC has dispatched six top officials to oversee the rerun poll in the state.
The six officials include three national commissioners and three resident electoral commissioners (RECs), will assist the Returning Officer, Professor Benjamin Ozumba and REC Professor Selina Oko to conclude the rerun poll.
Saturday Independent was told that “their mission is to ensure that the exercise is conducted in a free, fair and rancor-free atmosphere as well as to prevent the circumstances surrounding the withholding of results of the governorship elections conducted in the state on April 11, 2015.”
INEC sources maintained that all the necessary arrangements have
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