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Election group hails security operatives over successful poll

Centre for Law Enforcement Education in Nigeria, CLEEN, one of the groups that monitored the Anambra governorship poll has published the report of its findings of the exercise, commending the security agencies of a job well done.

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The group said the election which was won by the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and incumbent governor of the state, Willie Obiano, was conducted under acceptable standards and tight security with minimal security breaches.

Presenting the report in Awka, the Project leader and assistant programme manager of the organization, Chigozirim Okoro,  observed that the outcome was largely in line with the conclusion of the Foundation’s Security Threat Assessment for the 2017.

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She advised that as the 2019 general elections approach, security agencies should continue to evolve and fine-tune ‘right-sized’ deployment of its agents to improve election security.

The report said in part: “Overall, the conduct of security agents during the elections is commendable, especially in the discharge of their duties at the patrol bits, polling units, and collation centres. Overall, the findings of the field observation indicated that 56% rated the performance of security agents in the Anambra election ‘very good’ while 26% rated it ‘good.

“However, 4% rated their performance ‘fair’ and another 4% rated it ‘poor’. Notwithstanding, there were multiple reports of vote trading especially at the polling units, in the presence of security agents. There were also concerns about logistics and welfare of security agents, which impacted on their ability to perform maximally in furtherance of the objective of election security.”

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