Nov 11 polls: PSC to deploy officers to monitor conduct of policemen on election duty

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The Police Service Commission says it has concluded arrangements to deploy staff monitors for the November 11 governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states.

Ikechukwu Ani, Head Press and Public Relations, in a statement, said the staff monitors are to be deployed to all the senatorial districts in the three states and have been mandated to monitor strictly the conduct of Policemen on election duties in the three states.

The statement added that the Commission will hold the Police officers accountable for their actions and inactions throughout the period of the election and will not hesitate to discipline appropriately any officer found wanting in the discharge of his/her election duties.

It said the Chairman of the Commission, Solomon Arase, said the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, deserves commendation for the material support he has made available for proper policing of both the electorates and election materials.

Arase said the provision of essential security architecture by the Inspector General of Police should serve as enough motivation for the Police to ensure a free and fair elections.

He demanded that the officers should reciprocate the support from the IGP and conduct themselves creditably before, during and after the elections.

The PSC chairman said officers on election duty must be above reproach adding that they must conduct themselves in line with established laws and guidelines.

He noted that the success or failure of the election largely depends on the actions and inactions of the officers and warned that misconduct would attract commensurate consequences.

The PSC chairman prayed for God’s travel mercy for all staff monitors who are travelling for the national assignment.