With just 48 hours to the local regime elections in Plateau Province, Governor Simon Lalong has warned those harbouring whatever plans to disrupt the physical process to shelve the thought, saying
“they will not be allowed to succeed.”
The governor said security agents have been directed to “deal decisively with anyone who threatens the lives and properties of law abiding citizens using this election as a cover”.
Lalong disclosed this during a statewide broadcast on Thur ahead of the Local Authorities polls bill for Saturday, Oct 9, 2021.
He said, “Those who are bent on causing problem with a view to disrupting the physical process or causing hurting on the people should be warned to shelve the thought because they will not be allowed to succeed.
“Authorities has directed security agencies to deal decisively with anyone who threatens the lives and properties of law-abiding citizens using this election as a cover”, he warned.
“I want to advise all citizens to come up out and vote their candidates and parties of option without whatever molestation, harassment or intimidation.
“Security agencies have been directed to supply a safe surroundings for people to exercise their franchise and determine who represents them at the grassroots level”, he maintained.
According to him, “PLASIEC has assured all citizens, candidates and political parties of its preparedness to conduct release, fair and obvious elections in line with the structure and other relevant guidelines.
“They have also reaffirmed their readiness to deploy its trained personnel and ad-hoc staff to all the polling units to conduct the exercise”, he explained.
“Authorities welcomes this assurance by PLASIEC and hopes that all citizens, political parties and their candidates will cooperate with the electoral umpire to carry out this task in a peaceful, safe and unbiased way.
“The PLASIEC has also disclosed that they engaged security agencies at several levels and obtained assurances of adequate deployment of personnel throughout the 325 Wards and 17 LGAs for a hitch-free exercise.
“This is a welcome evolution which the Authorities will complement by ensuring that there is peace before, during and after the elections,” he assured.
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