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High Security Presence In Ekiti As Election Campaign Ends

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All eyes are now on Ekiti State and its people as their governorship election holds in less than 24 hours.

There’s high-security presence across the state as campaigns for the election by political parties ended by 12 midnight. Parties have stopped the use of all campaigning adverts in compliance with the Electoral Act, as the electorates are now expected to move to the polling booths to cast their votes.

On Wednesday, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habilal Joshak, revealed they have withdrawn security details of the 2018 governorship election and top government officials ahead of the July 14 election that has got the whole country talking. “We won’t allow anybody to go to the polling booth with armed men, because it will be a breach of the Electoral Act,” Joshak told reporters in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday. “We have contacted them and they have to be here before election commences. This election must not be compromised. “They will be documented and whoever defies this will be sanctioned, because they have been contacted.”

According to the New Telegraph, many residents of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, were seen going about their businesses, but some of them queried the high influx of security agents including soldiers into the state, while a large number of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members were seen trooping into the Government House without any checks or security barricade. However, the situation of things in Ikere town is relatively peaceful, as many of the towns were seen in major markets stockpiling household items in readiness for the election.

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Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were also seen on Friday checking for their postings ahead of the election at INEC’s office on Bank road in Ado-Ekiti. A total of 30,000 police personnel, two patrol surveillance helicopters, ten Armoured Personnel Vehicles and 250 Police patrol vehicles have all been deployed to ensure tight security during the July 14 Ekiti election.

Photo Credit: AFP

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