The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba, has admitted that the mass deployment of security personnel for the November 6, Anambra State governorship election might discourage turnout of voters but he says it is a measure that is necessary to checkmate criminals that might attempt to disrupt the process.
Speaking at a ministerial media briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, he disclosed that the police have engaged in issuing jingles as well as talking to stakeholders to assure them of their safety and to ensure that the people come out to exercise their franchise on the election date.
Also, IGP most security personnel that would be assigned to the various polling stations in the state will be unarmed as they will be involved in checking vote rigging and illegal campaign at venues
According to him, the massive deployment has its advantage and disadvantage, and that is why knowing the fact that it has a disadvantage of maybe militarizing the electoral process, the police is trying to involve the engagement of public enlightenment and the engagement of all the stakeholders.
He explained that there must be some level of assurance that should be given to the Anambra people to come out and exercise their franchise and that requires massive deployment of police officers and men, who will ensure that the subversive elements do not take over the process.
He stated that some of the security personnel will police the election. They will be deployed to polling stations and units to ensure orderliness and to check any form of electoral malpractice, like vote buying; campaigning in the place and so forth and this category of personnel will not even require carrying of arms.
He further explained that the Police need to put Officers on standby, on patrol that would check the would-be persons that can carry arms against the state.