Nigeria Police Force has deployed 6,250 personnel ahead of the governorship and house of assembly elections in Cross River State.
Irene Ugbo, the Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed this during an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Calabar, the capital of the southern Nigerian State.
Ugbo said “we have 6,250 conventional policemen deployed for the elections. These numbers were exclusive of other service agencies like the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and Nigeria Immigration Service. They are working with us to enable us have peaceful, free and fair elections”.
“We have assured the electorate that they are free to go about their lawful duty. They should go out and vote for candidates of their choice. We have also warned mischief makers to desist from disrupting the elections”, said the PPRO.
Deploying Adhoc Staff
At the State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Calabar, technicians and other ad hoc staff recruited for tomorrow’s elections were boarding vehicles to the 193 various Registration Area Centres in Cross River.
Dr. Frankland Briyai, the Resident Electoral Commissioner said that though the process was a bit challenging, “we have deployed our ad hoc staff, the RAC techs, presiding officers and assistant presiding officers one, two and three to our various registration area camps”.
According to him, “the only challenge we had was the unruly behaviour of the people. They hardly could form queues as instructed so that they could board the vehicles provided and leave early”.
“We started this as early as 7 o’ clock this morning. So far, we have achieved 99 percent success. We expect that most of them would have arrived the locations from 4pm”, stated Briyai.
A visit to bus parks within Calabar metropolis revealed that many Nigerians resident within the city centre travelled to their villages, where they registered for their PVCs.
The people expressed the hope that Saturday’s elections would be large peaceful.