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Warri South 1 Bye-Election: Security Committee Assures of Preparedness

The Inter-Agencies Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Delta State has assured members of the public of its preparedness to ensure the peaceful conduct of the Warri South 1 State Constituency Bye-Election.

The committee made this reassurance at the end of an enlarged meeting at the Office of the Delta State Police Commissioner, Police CP Zanna M. Ibrahim, psc who also doubles as the Chairman of the committee.

In a communique made available to the press, the committee resolved among other crucial arrangements to restrict movements of Land and Waterways Transport means and deploy adequate manpower to secure INEC staff, sensitive and non sensitive materials, voters, the polling units etc.

Below is the statement as released by the Delta State Police Command.

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“Sequel to the vacuum created by the demise of Mrs Udoh Omawumi, member of Delta State House of Assembly representing Warri South 1 State Constituency, INEC in fulfilment of its Electoral mandate, scheduled the bye election  on 26/04/2017.

To achieve a successful election, the committee convened at the Office of the Commissioner of Police CP Zanna M. Ibrahim, psc, who also doubles as the Chairman of the committee.

At the end of the meeting, the following resolutions were drawn.

1. All stakeholders solemnly reinstated their preparedness for the conduct of a free, fair and credible bye election come 26/04/2017.

2. The meeting resolved to deploy adequate manpower to secure INEC staff, sensitive and non sensitive materials, voters, the polling units, RACs and the other identified flash points.

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3. That there shall be restriction of boats and motor-bikes not engaged in the conduct of the election.

4 The meeting equally resolved to identify trouble makers who might have intent to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the election and to place them on surveillance before, during and after the election.

5. That security personnel involved in escorts of VIPs should be restricted from polling areas and places where election is being conducted.

6. The Committee enjoined all candidates, political parties and their supporters to eschew violence and electoral malpractices.

7. Voters are advised to vote and leave the voting areas or to remain and be peaceful.

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8. There shall be signing of peace accord by the political parties and the aspirants involved in the bye election in compliance with electoral guidelines in Warri Government House Annex Thursday 20/04/2017 at 1000 hrs.

9. The Youth Corps members participating will be adequately paid their stipends.

10. Security will be provided at all critical infrastructure connected with the election process.

11. Issuing of identification election duty tags for all participating agencies and officials.

12. Joint Operation Centre (JOC) for all to send their representative to monitor the election in the field, this is located at the office of the Area Commander Warri.”

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