The Bauchi State Police Command has avowed severe punishment against any political party or candidate found guilty of disrupting public peace either through electoral disorderliness or disruption of opponents’ campaign rallies.
The command also banned removing or defacing opponents’ posters and leaflets by party loyalists, adding that posting of banners and posters of whatever kind on any public buildings is also prohibited.
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This was contained in an address by Umar Mamman Sanda, Bauchi State Commissioner of Police during an interactive session with all political parties and relevant stakeholders held at the Conference Hall of the command.
The police boss said the meeting was called to reiterate the need to have hitch-free electioneering campaigns to birth free and fair elections. According to him, the command is determined to ensure all stakeholders played the game according to its rules.
“It is imperative to reiterate our uncompromising stance that any form of electoral disorderliness, violent behaviours, disruption of campaign rallies, display of dangerous weapons or any object during campaigns processes will not be condoned. Hence anyone found wanting directly or indirectly connected with such acts would be made to face the full wrath of the law,” said Sanda.
He equally reminded the political parties and their candidates that the command will not condone the use of any quasi-security outfits under whatever guise to participate in the electioneering campaigns, saying they have no basis and role to play under the electoral law.
Sanda enjoined political parties to give the command advance notice of planned political events.
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While appealing to all political parties to eschew any form of violence during electioneering campaigns and other electoral processes, the commissioner noted that all applications for campaigns by political parties should be submitted 48 hours before the scheduled date to avoid collusion of venues and time.
“As a leading agency in election security charged with enforcing laws and maintaining order before, during and after the election. We shall be firm, stern and decisive with all forms of breaches that may this process,” emphasised the police boss.