The Commissioner of Police in Kwara, Bashir Makama, says no vigilance group would be allowed on the streets on election days. The commissioner made this known in Ilorin while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The commissioner also warned politicians not to wear or put on any insignia of political party on election day. According to Makama, any politician caught canvassing and soliciting for votes will face the wrath of the law.
The commissioner further warned politicians to caution their supporters against violence on election day. Makama gave an assurance that the police will provide adequate personnel to accompany INEC staff and sensitive materials to voting and collation centres. He also said offering food to voters at polling centres will not be allowed as this would amount to inducement.
The Inter-party Advisory Committee Chairman in the state, Abdulmumuni Onagun, pledged the support of all political parties to the success of the elections in the state. Onagun, who is also the state chairman of Labour Party, said all the 29 political parties that signed a peace accord would abide by it.