From David Hassan, Gombe
As the general elections draw nearer, the Electoral Institute( TEI) has trained security agencies with a view to disseminate their civic responsibilities effectively during and after the elections period.
Performing the function in Gombe the Acting Director- General of the Institute Dr. Sa’ad Umar Idris said Nigerians should look at the conduct of elections as collective responsibility that involved not just the elections management body (INEC) but also a diverse range of stakeholders, security agencies, political parties and their candidates among corporate bodies.
According to him, for elections to be successful, there are things that are meant to guarantee the conduct of the elections through INEC which he said other things critical that affect success of the elections fall outside control of INEC.
The Director- General who did not hide his feelings said security agencies has a potential role to play during and after the elections through protection of electoral personnel as well as locations processes ln ensuring that voters exercise are carry out without fear to create a level play ground for all political parties.
The significance of the electoral security cannot be over emphasize as it is crucial to create proper environment that required for electoral staff to carry out their duties, and for voters to go to their respective polling units freely while candidates and political parties to organize rallies and campaigns inorder to discharge their responsibilities under the Constitution and Electoral Act he said.
This training is intended to diversify your knowledge as well as equip you to deliver electoral security services as professionals in highlighting the nexus between the security and human rights issues that relates to elections the DG affirmed.
He called on the security agencies not to hesitate to play significant role in securing the electoral processes even as he they should look at the training they embarked upon as way of conducting a transparent, credible and acceptable elections.
In his goodwill messages, Project Director, European Center for Electoral Support Rudolf Elbling said a hitch free and credible elections requires a peaceful environment devoid of threats to lives and properties, adding that election officials can only discharge their responsibilities of organizing elections including deployment and retrieval of materials in secured environment.
According to him, security agencies have a vital role to play in securing the electoral processes that has become more challenging in view of reported cases of security breaches.