- The Independent National Electoral Commission has cautioned the security agencies against running a parallel arrangement with the commission
- The commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Wednesday, January 9
- Yakubu declared that the Nigeria Police Force remains the lead agency for election security
Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission has cautioned the security agencies against running a parallel arrangement with the commission.
This Day reports that Yakubu made this known on Wednesday, January 9, at the regular consultative meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Elections (ICCES).
He said: “Learning from the experience of some of the 195 off-season elections conducted since 2015, it is pertinent to draw our attention to the need for a different approach to the deployment of security forces during elections.
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''The Nigeria Police Force remains the lead agency for election security. Other security agencies will play a supportive role to the Nigerian Police.”
The chairman stated that the commission needs a new security architecture for the 2019 polls consistent with the provision of Section 29(3) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
He said: “29(3) notwithstanding, the provisions of any other law for purposes of securing the vote, the commission shall be responsible for requesting the deployment of relevant security personnel necessary for elections or by registrations of voters and shall assign them in a manner to be determined by the commission in consultation with the relevant security agencies
“Provided that the commission shall only request the deployment of the Nigerian Armed Forces of election materials and protection of election officials.
“In particular, we are committed to ensuring the elections are organised in such a manner that security agencies are not perceived to be running parallel arrangement with INEC. Rather, it should strictly be INEC’s plan for the election that should be implemented.”
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The chairman said the meeting was convened primarily to update members of ICCES on INEC’s preparations for the 2019 general election and also an opportunity to hear from the security agencies on their preparations so far.
He revealed that the commission has so far implemented 10 out of 14 activities on the timetable and schedule of activities for the election.
Yakubu added that the four outstanding activities are the publication of the list of candidates, the submission of names of polling agents by political parties, the last day of campaign and due dates for the two categories of elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, assured Nigerians that the smart card readers would be used in the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
Yakubu gave the assurance amidst controversy over President Muhammadu Buhari’s withholding of assent to the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill transmitted to him for the fourth time.
Speaking at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room National Stakeholders’ Forum on Elections in Abuja, Yakubu said the technological device had become an integral part of the country’s electoral process.
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