The Police Service Commission (PSC) has said that it is in Edo State to monitor the conduct of Police Officers on electoral duties to ensure that the nation’s democracy is deepened ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Commission noted that the Police, the lead Agency in election and internal security has a great role to play to ensure the success of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
The Commission believed that if the Police get it right and ensure that the people of Edo State enjoyed an unhindered and peaceful exercise of their voting rights in an atmosphere that is free of intimidation, fear and terror, the election will be a huge success.
Austin Braimoh, a Commissioner in the Commission, representing the South South Zone of the Country and who is leading the Commission’s delegation in Edo, said the PSC Monitors are in Edo to ensure that the Police officers play by the rules.
Mr. Braimoh said the Commission is constitutionally empowered to discipline and exercise disciplinary control over all Police officers except the Inspector General. He noted that the PSC Monitors are in Edo State with a check list on how the Police officers on election duty should conduct itself.
“We are going to checkmate their conduct and ensure they operate within established rules”, he said.
He also said the Commission will commend officers found to have discharged their duties meritoriously.
“We are here with the carrot and the stick and we will ensure the Police gets it right ahead of 2023”, he further stated
Meanwhile the Commission will also be participating in the Situation Rooms for the Edo governorship elections. The Commission also took part in the INEC Meeting with Election Observers in the State held on Thursday. The PSC Monitors will cover the three Senatorial Zones of the State.
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