INEC Warns Against Vote Buying Ahead Bayelsa Election
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. Source: Channels TV

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised the alarm over potential violence in Kogi and Bayelsa State during the governorship election.

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu raised the alarm on Friday at the inter-agency consultative committee on election security (ICCES) meeting organised by the commission, Yakubu.

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The INEC boss, therefore, called on security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security in the states before, during and after the polls billed for November 16, 2019.

“There are already warning signals in the two states; both are politically volatile. Elections have been disrupted by violence in the past,” he said.

“Our own risk assessment which will be shared with the security agencies at this meeting has identified some flashpoints.

“We are also concerned that thugs have been mobilised from within and outside the states with the aim of either influencing the elections or disrupting the process on behalf of partisan sponsors.

“This calls for a robust response before the elections, on election day and during the process of collation and declaration of results.”

On his part, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu said 66,241 officers will be deployed to both states for the election.

“We are aware of the security challenges in the two states and we have made adequate provisions in terms of personnel and logistics to tackle any security challenge we might face,” he said.

“In Bayelsa, we are deploying 31,041 personnel to cover the election; in Kogi, we are deploying 35,200 personnel.

“This personnel will cover every terrain in both states; no tout will be allowed to disrupt the election, all those areas will be manned.”