INEC restricts military participation in Bayelsa, Kogi elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the military will not be involved at the polling boot security, except on the invitation of the lead security agency, the Nigeria Police.

It said the military would only patrol as a standby force in case of trouble beyond the control of the internal security forces.

Special duty
The commission clarified that the Nigeria Navy and the Nigeria Air Force have been selected for a special duty of airlifting sensitive electoral materials and protection of the INEC staff in Bayelsa State, but ruled out the presence of the Nigeria army completely within the polling areas.

INEC said that ”the Nigeria Police shall be in charge of all security issues during the two elections on November 16.”

The position of INEC was made known by the National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye.

When asked whether the military would be involved during the two governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, he said no, emphatically.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere