The Police Service Commission announced on Tuesday that it has concluded arrangements to deploy staff monitors for the forthcoming November 11 governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa States.
The PSC noted that the staff monitors are expected to be deployed to all the senatorial districts in the three states and have been mandated to strictly monitor the conduct of policemen on election duties in the three states.
The spokesperson for the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, revealed in a Tuesday night statement that the commission will hold these 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 their election duties.
Ani added, “The PSC Chairman, Dr Solomon Arase demanded that the police officers should reciprocate the support from the IG, Olukayode Egbetokun, and conduct themselves creditably before during and after the elections.
“The PSC Chairman said the officers on election duties like Ceasar’s wife must be above reproach adding that they must conduct themselves in line with established laws and guidelines on election duty.
“He noted that the success or failure of the election largely depends on the actions and inactions of the officers and warned that misconduct during the elections must attract commensurate consequences. The PSC Chairman prayed for God’s travel mercy to all Staff Monitors who are travelling for this national assignment.
“The monitoring of police conduct during elections is the commission’s contribution to the sustenance of credible and lasting democracy in Nigeria. The success or not of the elections has a lot to do with the performance of Policemen on election duties especially as the government lead agency in internal security.”