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KOGI GUBER: 25,000 policemen deployed, as INEC expresses worry over likely violence, vote buying

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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has revealed that about 25,000 policemen would be deployed for the November 16 election taking place in Kogi State.

Adamu disclosed this in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Thursday at a meeting between the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu and stakeholders in the state.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during a meeting with governorship candidate’s political parties and other stakeholders in the electoral process, expressed its concern over issues of electoral violence and voter inducements ahead of the polls.

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INEC boss, Prof. Yakubu also cautioned involved political actors to shun utterances and actions which could lead to violence in the build up to the election.

He also stated further that the commission will not tolerate harassment of election officials at polling units and collation centres during the poll.

“We want Kogi election to be violence-free and conclusive. INEC is not a political party and we are not interested in any candidate but the process,” he said.

Mahmood solicited the support of traditional and religious leaders in sensitising their subjects and adherents to be peaceful and orderly in their conduct during the election.

He said the commission was also concerned about the issue of vote buying and inducement of voters ahead of the November governorship election given the reported cases witnessed in the state in the last general elections.

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