The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room on the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state has expressed worry over incessant deployment of Commissioner of Police in Anambra state.
The group was reacting to yesterday’s unannounced removal of Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike as head of the special police team providing security to the state.
Addressing reporters on Friday in Awka, Convener, Ene Obi observed that the state had had six Commissioners of Police within six months, wondering what could be responsible for the development.
She said, “This state has been a bit notorious in terms of Police deployment. I remember we were on ground a month ago when we had a meeting with the security agencies.
“We just finished speaking with the CP who had been around less than 2months and around 8.30pm, he was removed before the close of meeting.
“There has been 6 CPs in Anambra state in 6months. What is going on is only the AIG and IGP that can tell us why they’re deploying and redeploying at this last minutes.
“This same DIG that addressed us yesterday is ironically from this state, we don’t really known what is going on.”
According to Obi, the Situation Room would work with her over 70 partners and networks to observe the election and receive reports from across the 21 local government areas of the State.
“Situation Room is counting on the assurances of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police Force that they are fully prepared for the election, with INEC assuring that logistics and deployment are fully under its control and the Police assuring that it will keep the security situation under check,” she added.
On the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), Obi said, “Our reports indicate a seamless distribution process at the various centers, although the distribution started late due to late arrival of the PVC.
“Obviously, some persons may be disenfranchised if they were not able to move out today. But I don’t think INEC will deliberately want to disenfranchise people. They just have to be held accountable for late arrival of the PVCs.
“I believe the reason for the public holiday by the government is to enable the workers to collect their cards. But we’ve not heard of any incident of confrontation in any of the centers.
Obi further added that the sensitive materials were duly escorted to their various destinations by security agencies.
“Both the police and INEC have promised to deliver on their mandate and we must hold them by their words. We’ll continue to monitor them,” she noted.
She listed the areas of monitoring to include early distribution and deployment of personnel and materials, timely opening of poll, adherence to COVID-19 Protocols on Election day.
“Other areas of monitoring include knowledge of election procedures by INEC ad hoc staff, voting procedures particularly the efficacy of the new Bi-modal Verification Accreditation System (BVAS), transmission of polling units results and transparent collation process,” she added