Group Tasks NSCDC On Elections


A non-governmental organisation and advocacy group YIAGA Africa “Watching the Vote” (WTV) has tasked the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on the need to ensure safety and security of voters during this year’s elections.
Leader of the group in Rivers State, Obinna Ebogidi made the call during an advocacy visit to NSCDC headquarters in Rivers State at the weekend in Port Harcourt.
Ebogidi said WTV was committed to improve the nation’s electoral process and restoring confidence of the Nigerian electorates on the credibility of elections conducted in the country.
He said, “We will adopt the use of technological and statistical tools for evidence based elections observation to ascertain not just the outcome of the polls but the quality of the process”.
Disclosing of plans to deploy observers during the polls, Ebogidi said a random sample covering 157 polling units in the country, including Rivers State have been earmarked for the February16 presidential elections as he called on the NSCDC to support the exercise.
He appealed to the NSCDC to ensure that the violence witnessed in 2015 elections is averted in this year’s polls.
In his remarks, state commandant of the NSCDC, Muhammad Lawal Haruna assured the group of the agency’s readiness to provide adequate security during the elections.
The Rivers State NSCDC commandant reiterated the resolve of the security outfit to remain neutral and non-partisan throughout the electioneering period.