. . . Political Parties Sign Peace Accord
By Mercy Hill
Political party representatives and electoral stakeholders taking part in the forth coming elections in Anambra State, Wednesday, 30th January, 2019, had a meeting organized by the Anambra State Command Police Command at Amawbia, in preparation for the 2019 general elections in the country.
The meeting which had in attendance, law enforcement agents; political parties; INEC; government representatives; election monitors (domestic and foreign observers); civil society organizations among others reached a consensus to ensure electoral security for the success of the general elections.
Addressing the stakeholders, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, assured the election stakeholders of absolute maintenance of professionalism and neutrality in line with internationally acceptable practices, as well provide a level playing ground for all political parties in the state.
He added that the state command, with its already standing legacy of achieving free and fair election, would sustain it.
The Police Commissioner said the command had set strategic action plans to ensure the success of the elections, including training and retraining of officers on election security and human rights, and warned that those who worked against electoral guild lines would be punished and serve as a deterrent to others.
Responding, the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Basil Chukwuemeka Ejidike, called for effective involvement of security agencies in electoral processes, separation of polling units from accreditation centers to reduce electoral fraud, and giving equal coverage and recognition to all political parties. He called on the police to look out for those who involved in vote buying.
For his part, the DG, Presidential Campaign for the People's Democratic Party, PDP, Harry Ohanezi, commended the state, recalling the success of the gubernatorial elections held in 2017.
He however, pleaded with the police officers to allow accredited Party Agents assigned to polling units to perform their duties.
Speaking during the event, the representative of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Mr. Emmanuel Adibe, said the peace accord would enhance commitment to professionalism, credibility and peace and assured that the party would honour all the issues raised to make the electoral process successful
For her part, the Anambra State Coordinator, Community Policing Project Development, Doctor Mmasinachi Umeh, noted that there was need for adequate security so as to avoid the escalation of thuggery and illegal practices during the elections
Signing of the peace accord while pledging their unalloyed efforts to sustain a peaceful and successful election in the state, formed the highpoint of the meeting.