The police commissioner at the press conference said that more than 12,000 policemen have been deployed for covert and overt operations during the poll.
He explained that to ensure the conduct of peaceful polls, some far reaching measures have already been taken which includes a total ban on vehicular movements from 6am to 6pm with effect from Saturday.
Other measures adopted according him, includes total ban on movement of tricycles popularly known as (KEKE NAPEP), wheel barrows, and truck pushing from 6am of 28/03/2015 to 30/03/2015 just as he said all police escort will be withdrawn except for the executive governor.
He added that only vehicles on essential duties which are officially tagged will be allowed to move during the elections pleading with residents to show understanding as the measures are taken to ensure peace and orderly conduct of the elections.
Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Baba Abba Yusuf at a separate Press Conference on Friday said that the commission has put everything in place to conduct credible elections. Yusuf noted that INEC is fully prepared to ensure conduct of free and fair polls in the state. According to him adequate arrangement have been made to ensure that all the 3371 voting points are adequately covered adding that the commission has distributed 88.1 percent of PVC in the state.
Yusuf added that out of the 1,565,780 registered voters in the state, 1,388, 198 people have collected their PVC noting that so far, a total of 13,304 adhoc staff were recruited and trained to do the job.
The REC noted that non sensitive materials have been sent to the 21 Local Governments about three weeks ago adding that the sensitive materials have been sent on Friday to the various Local Governments across the state after stakeholders meeting with the various political parties in the state.
He noted that the people of Madagali and Michika local governments will cast their votes at designated places in the state capital while the people of Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi south Local governments will be allowed to cast their votes in their respective local governments.
Yusuf allayed fears of possible break down of the card readers saying that they have been tested and trusted just as he said backups including batteries have been provided in all the voting points.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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