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Security Is Vital To Election, Says Kwara REC

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami has said that the place of security agents during elections cannot be compromised.

Attahiru-Madami said this on Wednesday in Ilorin while declaring open a day workshop on “Election Risk Management Sensitisation Workshop for Stakeholders”.

He said election cannot hold without adequate security of voters and electoral officers.

“Security agents are very vital to us in INEC, without you, we cannot organise any election because election can only take place in a peaceful atmosphere,” the REC added.

He told the security agents that the Electoral body was counting very much on them to make the Saturday elections peaceful, fair, credible and acceptable.

“Therefore, we find it necessary as INEC to inform you of flash points in Kwara so that we can take necessary action to prevent violence during the elections.

“Some weeks ago, there were pockets of violence in Ilorin; we cannot allow that to happen during the election.

“The Saturday elections must be peaceful, credible, fair, transparent and acceptable to all and applauded by international community,” the REC said.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Civil Defence, FRSC, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Police, Prison Service, DSS and Civil Society.

The workshop was interactive and identified some high risk flash points in the state that security operatives should focus attention to.

The flash points include Asa Local government where PDP governorship candidate, Razak Atunwa will vote, Ajikobi ward in Ilorin West and Offa.

The workshop also identified Agbaji, where Sen Bukola Saraaki will cast his vote, Sarunmi, Oju Ekun also in Ilorin West.

Vote buying, large number of party agents against one or two security agents, bloated number of political parties and likelihood of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) were also identified as new election risks.

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