The governorship and state assembly elections in Rivers State are right around the corner, and the police and other security agencies are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the polls are conducted in a peaceful and secure environment. We Are Ready for Governorship Election – AIG Olukayode, continue reading.
Speaking on this, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of elections for Rivers State, AIG Olukayode Egbetokun, has stated that the police have deployed massively and are ready for the forthcoming elections.
AIG Egbetokun, who also serves as the AIG Zone 7 Abuja, recently addressed reporters in Port Harcourt and reiterated that the three-week gap between the Presidential and Governorship elections has provided the police with ample time to prepare effectively. He warned potential criminal elements to steer clear of any untoward activities that could disrupt the elections, noting that the police and other security agencies are well-equipped to tackle any security threats.
In addition, AIG Egbetokun highlighted the no-movement order that has been issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for election day, which is scheduled to take effect from 12am to 6pm. He stressed that the order would be strictly enforced, and any person caught violating it would be arrested, except for essential workers and those on election duty with their valid tags. We Are Ready for Governorship Election – AIG Olukayode Egbetokun
Furthermore, AIG Egbetokun urged voters to come out in large numbers, conduct themselves properly, and vote peacefully. He also advised them to disregard any fake news, hate speech, or other divisive propaganda that could lead to violence or other forms of disorderliness.
To ensure that the elections are free, fair, and credible, the police and other security agencies have set up various measures, including increased surveillance, intelligence gathering, and the deployment of sufficient personnel to all polling units and other critical locations. They have also collaborated with other stakeholders, such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and civil society organisations, to ensure that the elections are conducted according to the law and best practices. We Are Ready for Governorship Election – AIG Olukayode, continue reading.
The police and other security agencies in Rivers State are fully prepared and committed to ensuring that the upcoming gubernatorial and state assembly elections are conducted peacefully and securely. They are calling on all stakeholders, including political parties, candidates, voters, and the media, to cooperate with them and play their part in ensuring that the polls are free, fair, and credible.
It can be recalled that Rivers State was among the list of states that suffered voter intimidation. The police are however ready to ensure that there’s peace in the upcoming gubernatorial and state assembly elections.