By: Ibrahim Kabiru Sule
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, said there was no plan by the commission to postpone the upcoming general elections which preparations had commenced in earnest.
INEC’s National Commissioner, Ishmael Igbani revealed this during the opening of a three-day training workshop for security personnel ahead of the 2015 general elections, organised by the Electoral Institute (TEI).
He said INEC had no intention or plan to postpone the elections, urging the Nigerian security operatives to internalise the modalities, procedure and rules of engagement in electoral process.
Igbani, who represented the INEC’s chairman Professor Attahiru Jega said many reforms and innovations in the electoral process of the commission had been made.
“It is important that all stakeholders, particularly the security personnel that will protect the process, get to know these measures and be aware of the developments.
“The security question in the country has widened the scope of electoral security with its attendant challenges. In some countries of the world, security personnel are not deployed in the conduct of elections.” Security personnel, he added, should focus on three key areas during elections, namely, the security of personnel, election materials and voting environment.
Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, represented by police commissioner in charge of election planning and monitoring, Ghazzali Mohammed stressed the need for politicians to abide by the rules of the game.
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST