Rivers Bye-election: Police deploy 1,500 personnel

August 17th, 2018

…As INEC deploys 800 ad-hoc staff

From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Police Command has assured of its full preparedness in Synergy with other sister security Agencies for the Bye-election into Port Harcourt Local Government Area (PHALGA) constituency 3 State House of Assembly election fixed for this Saturday.

This is as the command has deployed over 1, 500 policemen and other security agencies to ensure a violence free environment during the exercise.

Speaking with Journalists yesterday, at the command Headquarters on Moscow Road, in Port Harcourt, the State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, said there will “be a total restriction of movement of persons, vehicles on land and water in the affected areas, from 6am – 6pm on Saturday August 18, 2018.

“The restriction of movement is only limited to Miles 1, 2, 3 and 4, which description is as follows: from Abonnema Wharf, Kaduna Street, Ikoku, Mile III market, UST, Agip flyover, Eagle Island and Mile I Market.”

CP Ahmed has also barred important personalities and politicians from going close to any voting centre with their security details, said restriction is in accordance with Electoral Act.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it has recruited over 800 ad-hoc staff, including serving members of the National Youths Service Corps, to help supervise the election in 142 units and voting centers of the constituency.

Speaking with The AUTHORITY, on Friday at the INEC headquarters in Port Harcourt, Head, Voters Education and Publicity of INEC in Rivers, Edwin Enabor, noted that at the time of this report, they have received all the sensitive materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria, adding that the “commission is 95 percent ready for the election on Saturday.”

Enabor noted that with the series of meetings held with stakeholders in the state, assured, a free, fair, credible and violence free election.

He disclosed that candidates from four political parties would be contesting in the election, which include: the All Progressives Party, Democratic Alternative, Masses Movement of Nigeria and Peoples Democratic Party.

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