Anambra State Police Command has assured citizen of the state of maximum security across the state before, during and after the November 6 governorship election in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Eworo Echeng gave the assurance on Tuesday at a town hall meeting of youth stakeholders by Vote Not Fight Campaign in collaboration with the Catch Them Young Community Initiative (CATYCOI) and the 2Face Idibia Foundation with support from National Democratic Institute and the United States Agency for International Development.
Echeng represented by Officer in charge of Safer high way patrol, Isah Kolo said voters had no reason to panic as there would be massive deployment of police personnel across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said the police would also be engaging candidates of various political parties on the signing of peace pact to ensure a violent-free poll.
“The personnel to be posted in strategic positions far away from the polling units in order not to scare away voters as well as provide cover for conventional policemen since they don’t go to polling units with their riffles,” he said.
The CP warned miscreants who would want to foment troubles to desist from their evil ways and give peace a chance, just as he urged voters to provide police with information which he assured would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
“Considering the prevailing security situation in the state, with the presence of the security agencies, voters will have confidence of adequate protection to come out to exercise their franchise.
“Security is not only for the police but everybody’s responsibility. People should provide information to the police because information itself is security. It will be treated with utmost confidentiality.”
Earlier, Executive Director, CATYCOI, Mr Nonso Orakwe, said the campaign was to pass the message to youths, politicians and other stakeholders that elections were not do-or-die affairs.
“The process of electing leaders in Nigeria has been plagued by a myriad of problems ranging from voter intimidation and suppression, to harassment and outright violence.
“This campaign is to change the ugly trend, especially as Anambra prepare for the governorship election and bring a lasting peace in our political space.
“We urge our youths to prevent electoral violence by upholding democratic principles before, during and after election because there is a connection between violence-free election, peace and development,” he said.
In her presentation, Ms Tracy Keshi, Programme Officer, NDI, said youth engagement was critical to ensuring a violence-free election as
According to her, the campaign will help the youth shun violence and speak against the menace in elections.