by Emmanuel Addeh
The police in Delta State on Wednesday urged the authorities to adequately fund the force to avoid the temptation of being lured by politicians in 2015.
At a one-day workshop attended by the Nigeria Security and Civil ?Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, Customs, Navy, Air force, Department of State Services, Immigration, Nigeria Prisons, National Orientation Agency, and other stakeholders, the ?police warned politicians against flouting the laws guiding the electoral process.
While reviewing the 2007 election, participants agreed that election violence was directly associated with corruption in the country, ??where politicians see political offices as a goldmine for embezzling public wealth instead of rendering services to the Masses??.
During the programme organized by the Inter Agency Advisory Consultative Committee on Election Security, the stakeholders noted that to have a free, fair and credible elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission should be seen to be accountable and transparent during next year?s elections.
?? The Nigerian Police and other security agencies responsible for the implementation of electoral laws should be well equipped and election allowances paid as at when due to discourage being influenced by politicians.
??The electoral laws in place should be implemented effectively, especially in the grassroots and laws
should be enacted making political offices less attractive, to stop all forms of corruption??, the communiqu? noted.
According to the stakeholders, ??adequate logistics should be provided to the police for effective and efficient success in the coming election and the 35 per cent women Affirmative Action should be implemented.
The participants commended the organisers and the resource persons for the workshop with a recommendation that it should be replicated throughout the federation and sustained in the future.