The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, Thursday said no fewer than 32, 000 officers would be deployed for election duty during the Bayelsa governorship poll fixed for November 16.
Adamu disclosure this at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Stakeholders’ meeting held in Yenagoa with the INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu.
The IGP, who assured the electorate of maximum security during and after the election in the state, said the police was ready to protect lives and property, especially in all the polling units.
“All security arrangements have been made. The police will deploy 32, 000 personnel to the state during the period of the governorship poll.
“The police will ensure that all electoral materials are well secured. We urge all politicians and the electorate, especially the youths, to stay away from disorder.
“Do not cause trouble at the polling units or conduct any illegal activity capable of disrupting election processes.
“You must not allow yourselves to be used because if you are caught, you will be prosecuted according to the law.
“This election is an isolated one and we must do what we can to achieve credible poll, come Nov 16,” he said.
The INEC chairman, who reiterated the commission’s commitment to free, fair, credible and conclusive poll for the people, said the commission won’t take kindly to vote-buying and voter inducement.
“Voter inducement in all forms, including vote-buying at polling units, is a violation of the law.
“The ban on the use of mobile phones and other photographic devices in the voting cubicles is still in force and will be strictly enforced and monitored.
“I urge all stakeholders to continue to eschew violence and maintain peaceful conduct during the election.
“It is our collective responsibility to safeguard the process and to protect all election duty staff, including the youth corps members who serve at the polling units, the basic level of the voting process,” Yakubu said.
On the signing of Peace Accord by political parties, the Chairman said the exercise was aimed at resolving, pledging, affirming and committing all to non-violence before, during and after the election.
Over 42 out of 45 political parties, including PDP and APC, signed the peace accord.