The Police Service Commission has concluded arrangements to deploy 45 officials to monitor the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States on November 16, 2019. Twenty officials would be dispatched to monitor the conduct of policemen on electoral duties in Bayelsa State, while 25 would be in Kogi State to benchmark the conduct of the officers against the approved rules of engagement for police officers on electoral duties and other relevant laws guiding such exercise.
Cases of police misconduct arising from the monitoring exercise would be investigated by the commission and any police officer found guilty will be punished accordingly, the PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. It admonished the policemen to operate within the law and to be professional in their conduct while remaining neutral and apolitical.
The statement said, “The monitors will be in eight Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State and the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State. The team will be expected to arrive the two states on Wednesday, November 13 to monitor the deployment of men and materials, as well as the conduct of the officers before, during and after the elections.”