Edo/Ondo: INEC, NSA release rules of engagement for security operatives
Ahead of Edo and Ondo states governorship elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, released the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for security personnel on electoral duty.
The document, which spelt out roles of all security agencies deployed for election duties, is a product of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), headed by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.)
According to the Commission, the introduction of harmonised Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement revealed a “commitment to improve the quality of elections in Nigeria, including the provision of first-class protection for all electoral activities.”
It added that with the initiative, all security men personnel on electoral duty would, henceforth, operate with a common standard of reference for their actions.
The document, The Guardian learnt, “contains how security agencies are expected to manage political parties’ convention, rallies, campaigns, crowd control on voting day and use of force.
“It also involves general rules on protection of electoral materials and conduct of security personnel amid the COVID-19 pandemic…”
According to the document, “all security personnel on election duty must acquaint themselves with, observe and assist in enforcing all provisions of the INEC policy on the conduct of elections in the context of COVID-19.
“Security personnel on election duty must wear masks at all times and use other protective materials provided for them. However, they may be required to lower their face masks for proper identification when necessary.”