PSC Moblises For Kogi, Imo Bayelsa Governorship Polls
…. Commends IGP For Material Support But Demands Reciprocity From Officers And Men On Election Duty
The Police Service Commission has concluded arrangements to deploy Staff monitors for the forthcoming November 11th Governorship elections in the three states of Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa.
A press release on Tuesday, 7th November 2023 signed by the PSC Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said that the Staff Monitors are expected to be deployed to all the Senatorial districts in the three states and have been mandated to monitor strictly the conduct of Policemen on election duties in the three states.
The Commission will hold these Police Officers accountable for their actions and inactions throughout the period of the election and will not hesitate to discipline appropriately any officer found wanting in the discharge of his/her election duties.
Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, CFR, retired Inspector General of Police said the Inspector General of Police, Dr. Kayode Egbetokun, deserves commendation for the material support he has made available for proper policing of both the electorates and election materials.
Dr. Arase said the provision of essential security architecture by the Inspector General of Police should serve as enough motivation for the Police to ensure a free and fair elections.
He demanded that the Officers should reciprocate the support from the IGP and conduct themselves creditably before during and after the elections.
The PSC Chairman said the Officers on election duties like Ceasers wife must be above reproach adding that they must conduct themselves in line with established laws and guidelines on election duty.
He noted that the success or failure of the election largely depends on the actions and inactions of the officers and warned that misconduct during the elections must attact commensurate consequences.
The PSC Chairman prayed for God’s travel mercy to all Staff Monitors who are travelling for this national assignment.
The monitoring of Police Conduct during elections is the Commission’s contribution to the sustenance of credible and lasting democracy in Nigeria. The success or not of the elections has a lot to do with the performance of Policemen on election duties especially as the government lead Agency in internal security.