The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police Force on August 29, assured a peaceful and credible Governorship election in its November 11 election.
Kogi INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Gabriel Longpet, and Kogi Police Command’s Spokesman, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, gave the assurance during a workshop organized by the International Press Centre (IPC) for 26 newsmen in Abuja.
Longpet said that the Commission has made adequate preparations to consolidate on the last Feb. 25 and March 18 polls, to ensure that Nov. 11 Governorship election is peaceful, hitch free, fair and credible.
“We hope to ensure that all results of the governorship election in the 3,508 polling units in 239 wards across the state are transmitted electronically to do away with any attempt at tampering with manual results on transfer to collation centers.
“We are in synergy with all stakeholders, including the security operatives, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media to ensure we get it right come Nov. 11,” he asserted.
The REC called on all the 18 political parties and candidates participating in the election to educate and sensitize their members and supporters about the need to conduct themselves orderly for a peaceful conduct of the election.
However, Ovye-Aya said the Police were prepared to ensure adequate security during the Kogi guber election to checkmate activities of criminal elements from disrupting the process.
The command’s image maker said, “security operatives in Kogi are not going to leave anything to chance and will protect all electorates before, during and after the election.
“All troublemakers, especially political thugs, should know that we shall deal with them in accordance with the law,” he stressed.
According to reports, the IPC Media Workshop is aimed at enlightening practitioners in Kogi on their significant roles in the peaceful and successful conduct of the Nov. 11 guber election.