15 electoral offences to avoid – Police

The Nigeria Police Force has said it would arrest and prosecute anyone who violates 15 electoral offences on Election Days.

 

The Force stated that casting of vote twice or more, announcing false election result or stopping other persons from voting could land voters in trouble.

 

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, in Abuja on Thursday, said revealing information on a ballot paper of another person and being in possession of another person’s voter card, are offences the police would not take lightly.

 

The statement further cautioned citizens against disorderly behaviours at polling units, canvassing  for votes, shouting slogans of a political party, wielding guns, sticks, stones or other dangerous weapons at polling units and loitering or walking about at a poling unit.

 

The police also frowned on the use of siren, snatching or destroying ballot boxes or card readers, holding public meetings during election hours on Election Day, wearing or carrying badge or poster of a political party and inflicting or threatening to inflict injury on any person or persons at a polling unit.

 

The Force advised the public to avoid trouble, “as any offender will be arrested and prosecuted.”

 

In the same vein, the  Police Community Relations Committee, Maitama Division, Abuja, has called on Nigerians to eschew violence and cooperate with the police and other security agencies during the polls.

 

The PCRC Chairman, Alhaji Husseyn Zakari, said Nigerians should not allow the selfish interest of some minorities in the country to jeopardise the future by engaging in violence.

 

Zakari, who was represented by Uwem Essien, stated that the PCRC is working with the police to ensure non-violent elections and he appealed to the youths to shun any enticement from troublesome individuals or groups seeking to use innocent citizens as instruments of violence during the polls.

 

He said, “We need to ignore wrong insinuations and all forms of political misrepresentations and concentrate on the way forward for Nigeria such as enjoying peaceful co-existence, security of lives and property and so

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