Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Uche Anozia has urged political parties in the state to abide by electoral rules in the forthcoming local government and gubernatorial elections.
Anozia, gave the advice on Friday, at a meeting with the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yenagoa.
Concise News reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) had fixed August 10 and November 16 for the council and governorship elections, respectively.
According to him, when laws were obeyed, there will be peace, calm and tranquillity in the society.
The commissioner warned that the command would not hesitate to prosecute perpetrators of such crimes during and after the elections.
“Youths in Bayelsa state prefer engaging in crimes than engaging in profitable ventures; so, there is always a tendency on the part of politicians to pick up these youths at elections with a view to protecting their interest outside law during election.
“I want to let you know that we are not going to tolerate any unlawful acts during this election, because the law will take its course.
“Do not engage in anything outside the law while participating in the election; avoid electoral violence because I will not want to record any and most importantly, abide by the rules.
“The police are not going to tolerate any disorder and any person found causing trouble will be dealt with.
“If you engage any youth, such must act within the rules guiding the exercise and feel free to report any incident that is against the law to the police.
“We know that campaign has started and it is expected to end August according to the INEC timetable; I, therefore, urge you to play by the rules of the game; we all know what the law says, so, conduct yourselves,” the commissioner warned.