INEC boss, heads of security agencies meet in Abuja ahead of polls

INEC boss, heads of security agencies meet in Abuja ahead of polls

- The INEC on Wednesday, January 9, held a meeting with security agencies in the country to ascertain their level of preparedness for the polls

- Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC's boss, in the meeting called for a different approach to the deployment of security forces during the elections

- Yakubu said that as the leading security agency in Nigeria, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) will be charged with the responsibility of securing lives and properties during the polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its meeting with security agencies in Abuja on Wednesday, January 9, called for a different approach to the deployment of security forces during the coming polls, Punch reports.

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, presided over the body's usual consultative meeting on the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).

Yakubu stated the meeting was held majorly to update members of ICCES on INEC's level of preparation for the 2019 general elections and to also hear from the security agencies on their readiness for the exercises.

The ICCES meeting was attended by a representative of the national security adviser and heads of various security agencies in the country.

Yakubu said: “This meeting is convened primarily to update members of ICCES on our preparations for the 2019 general elections.

“It is also an opportunity to hear from the security agencies on your preparations so far. However, 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.

“The Nigeria Police Force remains the lead agency for election security. Other security agencies will play a supportive role to the Nigeria Police. However, we need a new security architecture for 2019 consistent with the provision of Section 29 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).”

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“Accordingly, this meeting shall discuss modalities for actualising the provision of the law. In particular, we are committed to ensuring that elections are organised in such a manner that the security agencies are not perceived to be running parallel arrangements with INEC. Rather, it should strictly be INEC’s plan for the election that should be implemented.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the United States of America, on Tuesday, December 18, said, through its consulate’s public affairs officer, Russell Brooks, it hopes the Nigerian government would conduct what can be adjudged free, fair and credible general elections in 2019.

The US on Tuesday, December 18, said, through its consulate’s public affairs officer, Russell Brooks, it hoped the Nigerian government would conduct what can be adjudged free, fair and credible general polls in 2019.

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