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RE-RUN: 20 Civil Societies Warns Security Agencies To Be Non-Partisan

Posted: Mar 19, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Daniel Abia, Port Harcourt

About 20 accredited civil society groups billed to observe the National and State House of Assembly re-run elections in Rivers State, have appealed to the security agencies to ensure a peaceful, orderly election and not be partisan.

Prince Herbert West Ezechinyere, the Executive- Director of West African Network of Election Observers, advised security agencies to do their work professionally.
“The security agencies should do their job professionally. They should not intimidate voters. They should resist any attempt by politicians to influence their call to duty. We also feel that over militarisation of the state may cause panic amongst the electorates.”
Ezechinyere lamented the small number of civil society groups accredited to monitor elections.
He complained that the observers deployed to riverine areas were not provided with life-jackets considering the turbulence associated with the waterways.
Also, Babafunsho Tunde, Executive-Director of Equity and Justice Organisation, called on the ad-hoc staff enlisted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be impartial in the discharge of their duties.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has urged security agencies operating in the state to urgently address disturbing news, that the All Progressives Congress (APC)  has sent out hundreds of its thugs in fake military uniforms to different parts of the State, in order to rig the rerun elections on Saturday.