As the 2023 governorship elections approaches, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says political parties should prevail on their supporters to refrain from acts of violence during the governorship and state assembly polls.
The governorship and state assembly polls have been fixed for March 18.
Speaking at a meeting of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security on Tuesday, INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission’s state offices have provided the police with the details for the governorship and state assembly elections, including locations of polling units and collation centres.
“On that basis, we expect a coordinated deployment plan in synergy with other security, intelligence, law enforcement and safety agencies,” he said.
“Only yesterday, the commission held a virtual meeting with all the resident electoral commissioners (RECs) in which we reviewed preparations for the state elections. In addition to election technology, logistics and a host of other issues, security was also discussed.”
The INEC chairman said the governorship and state assembly elections involve more constituencies, candidates and collation centres than the national elections.
He said it is therefore important for parties and candidates to ask their agents and supporters to see the elections as a contest and not war.
“They should refrain from acts of violence that may mar the elections or compromise the security of our personnel, observers, the media and service providers,” he said.
Yakubu thereafter thanked security agencies for the professionalism of their personnel and the largely peaceful conduct of the February 25 presidential election.