The Independent National Electoral Commission has beefed up its commitment to achieving adequate security in election management to guarantee hitch-free elections in the country.

Chairman of the commission prof. Mahmood Yakubu made the indication during his visit to the Chief of Air Staff in Abuja.

He said the visit is aimed at soliciting for the service in the deployment of personnel and airlifting of election materials in areas that are prone to the crisis across the Federation.

Mahmood noted that the 2023 elections are an elaborate one that requires a strategic approach to deal with hence appealing to the service for timely collaborations in order to boost the citizen’s confidence, thus commending their neutrality and professionalism towards the electoral process in the history of democracy in Nigeria.

“Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law and for the purpose of securing the vote, the Commission shall be responsible for requesting for the deployment of relevant security personnel necessary for elections or registration of voters and shall assign them in the manner determined by the Commission in consultation with the relevant security agencies.

Provided that the Commission shall only request for the deployment of the Nigerian Armed Forces for the purpose of securing the distribution and delivery of election materials and protection of election officials”.

On his part, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, commended the INEC in their approach to strengthening Electrical processes in Nigeria thus assuring the force cordial relations to attaining the desired result in the country.

The visit is on the verge of the Ekiti and Osun state governorship election aimed at building the capacity in particular in hard-to-reach areas in the country.

 

 

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