INEC inaugurates committee to review strategies on election security

The Independent National Electoral Commission () has inaugurated a sub-committee to review election security strategies.

A statement by the commission’s Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi said that the  nine-member committee was was inaugurated by Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to the statement, members the committee chaired by National Commissioner AVM Tijani Mu’azu (rtd), were drawn from the Department State Services (DSS), Office the Chief of Defense Staff, Nigeria Police Force, as well as the Nigeria Security & Civil Corps (NSCDC).Other members of the committee were from the Federal Safety Corps (FRSC) and Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

It also listed INEC National Commissioners Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu and Dr Mohammed  Lecky as members the committee.

It quoted Mahmood, represented by Mu’azu, at the ceremony as  stressing the need to review existing election security strategies to advance the course of violence-free polls.

Mahmood said the sub-committee was set up to strengthen the synergy security agencies and the Commission with a view to ensuring the safety of lives and properties during elections. 

“The Commission formed the sub-committee to look at how to strengthen synergy Security Agencies and INEC and to look at how we can collaborate in the field,” Mahmood said.

It noted that the  term of reference Committee which has 30 days to submit its report was to: “advise strengths and challenges of ICCES on an inter-agency collaboration for election security;

“Develop a set of rules of engagement for security agencies in electoral activities; and Update the existing Code of Conduct to apply to all security agencies on election.

“To recommend a framework for collaborative deployment, and funding of security agencies purpose of election,” it read.

The committee was also expected to develop a system regular review of the work of Inter Agency Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the pre-election, election and post-election period; as well Make any other recommendations to deepen collaboration and improve the role of ICCES in the electoral process. (NAN)