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Police beef up security around INEC office in Kwara

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Security has been beefed-up around the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Kwara to protect the facility from attack.

The deployment was in response to calls by INEC for the police to protect its offices nationwide in view of recent attacks and destruction of election materials in some states.

The Kwara Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Attahiru Madami, told pressmen on Thursday in Ilorin that it was important to prevent any attempt to undermine security around INEC offices.

He expressed confidence that the police would deliver on its mandate of providing safe and enabling environment for the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

Madami therefore warned miscreants and political thugs to steer clear of INEC facilities.

He said that the commission also partnered the state Fire Service to train its staff on fire fighting methods and precautions.

The REC added that the bushes around the office have been cleared to avoid bush burning that could trigger fire outbreak.

On the voters register, Madami urged the public to check their names on INEC portal and make sure it was written correctly.

According to him, persons caught with double registration would be made to pay N1 million fine or go to jail, if prosecuted.

“Our Biometric Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) device is one man, one vote and anybody caught with double registration would go to jail or pay N1 million fine.

“Members of the National Youth Service Corps will be trained on how to use the BVAS before the election,” Madami said.

He stated that the era of rigging elections was over because of the use of BVAS. (NAN)

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