AN ACCORD TO MAINTAIN PEACE DURING POLLS HAS BEEN SIGNED BY POLITICAL PARTIES IN IMO STATE
Political parties and Candidates participating in this Saturday’s Senatorial and House of Assembly re-run elections in Imo State have signed an accord to maintain peace during the polls.
Speaking at the event which took place at Police headquarters in Owerri, the State Commissioner of Police Mr. Taiwo Lakanu said adequate security arrangement had been put in place to ensure hitch-free elections.
Following the nullification of elections in Imo North Senatorial district, Isiala mbano and Oru East state constituencies as well as some wards in Owerri west constituency in the State House of Assembly by the Appeal Court in Owerri, the Independent National Electoral Commission has scheduled re-run elections this Saturday to fill the vacant seats.
To ensure a violent-free outing, the state police command in collaboration with other security agencies organized a stakeholders meeting to persuade politicians to play by the rules.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu said vehicular movements would be restricted at the areas where elections will take place between six o’clock in the morning and six in the evening.
He advised parents not to allow their children and wards to be used as thugs as anyone caught will be dealt with.
The Administrative Secretary of INEC in Imo State Mr. Chinedu Evurunobi explained that only card readers would be used for accreditation of voters.
He said INEC was ready to conduct free and fair elections.
There were contributions from the representatives of political parties who promised to abide by the rules guiding the elections.
Although candidates for Imo North senatorial district elections were absent during the meeting, more than ten political parties and candidates for House of Assembly elections agreed to shun violence before during and after the exercise.
According to our Correspondent Chinaza Ilechukwu