Observer Groups Laud INEC On Adamawa Rerun Election

INECA coalition of INEC accredited observer ‎groups has commended the electoral body for the successful conduct of the just concluded rerun election in Adamawa State.

The leader of the group, Dr. Nwambu Gabriel, told reporters in Yola that they were in Adamawa State to provide independent observation of the election which was threatened by a rumoured court order.

The group described the rerun election of Lamurde, Numan and Demsa Federal Constituencies of the state as transparent, free, fair and credible.

They observed that by this election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has demonstrated a significant improvement in its overall conduct of elections in Nigeria.

The group also noted that the election was keenly contested, stressing that two political parties were dominant in terms of mobilising the electorates.

It recommended the election as a model for other elections in Nigeria, especially the introduction of the simultaneous accreditation and voting which was tested in Southern Ijaw Local Government, Bayelsa State and now Adamawa State.

The Northern Patriotic Front, Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness as well as Global Centre for Conscious Living against Corruption made up the coalition.

Police Restrict Vehicular Movement In States Holding Elections

Solomon Arase Police acting IG on restriction on elections dayPolice have announced restriction of vehicular movements in Local Government Areas of Abia, Delta, Imo, Kogi and Taraba States where rerun of the ongoing general elections are scheduled to take place on Saturday.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, issued the restriction, which will hold between 8:00am and 5:00pm, on Friday, as part of efforts to ensure adequate security in the April 25 elections.

“This restriction of vehicular movements order affects movements in and out of the areas where the rerun elections are to take place, except for Ambulances, Fire Service Trucks and others on essential duties.

“Consequently, travellers and citizens who intend to ply roads within those hours are advised to plan alternative routes,” a statement by the spokesman for the Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, read.

The IGP also warned government officials and political office holders not to go to polling Units with uniformed orderlies or aides, while persons who have no business with voting must not be found within 300 metres of a polling unit.

The Police High Command further put adequate security measures in place by the deployments of additional senior officers to supervise security of elections in the states.

One Deputy Inspector-General of Police, one Assistant Inspector-General of Police and two Commissioners of Police were deployed to Abia.

In Imo State, one Assistant Inspector-General of Police and three Commissioners of Police would be in charge of security activities.

To Taraba State, two Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and two Deputy Commissioners of Police were deployed.

The police further urged citizens to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate Police Authority.