Browsing: 2015 polls

He charged personnel to embrace peace and work hand in hand with other sister security agencies for efficient manning of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, the polling venues, election officials and protecting collation centres and other designated areas

In a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Louis Odion, the government said: “We wish to alert the Nigerian public, foreign election observers and lovers of democracy to an evil plot by the presidency to clamp down on All Progressives Congress in a last-ditch attempt to rig the coming general elections in Edo State in favour of Peoples Democratic Party

Even if by some tenuous interpretation, a voter could automatically be deemed a

loiterer the moment he casts his vote and exit the polling booth, still, Section 129 (1)

(i) did not outlaw the idea of loitering around the polling center: it only frowns at

loitering devoid of „lawful excuse‟. In other words, IGP Abba would have to point at a

law in Nigeria which makes unlawful the innocuous act of Nigerians waiting around

peacefully to observe the counting of their votes and the announcement of the final

outcomes for the polling units as stipulated under the Electoral Act. Instructively, the

Electoral Act provides its list of what would not qualify as lawful excuse –and staying

behind to observe counting of the ballot cast and announcement of the result is not

one of them

He also said that Nigerians would be happy with the police if they exhibited non-partisan trait, became accessible and offered necessary assistance aside from providing them with security for the exercise