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 Plateau Police Commissioner Barthalomew Onyeka has advised political parties to avoid actions and speeches that can inflame the political order during campaigns Onyeka said this during an interactive session with security agencies political parties and INEC in Jos on Wednesday He said that the interactive session was to address relevant agencies to chart clear pathways to ensure a smooth electoral process as the political campaigns begins I wish to firmly advise al political actors to subsume their campaigns within the extant legal framework and avoid actions or speeches that could inflame the political order All political parties are hereby advised to abide by the provisions of the Electoral Act and play the game according to the rules Party leaders and chieftains are to prevail on their flag bearers members and supporters not to engage in any act that can incite violence or constitute a breach of peace anywhere on the Plateau he said Onyeka called on the resident electoral commissioner in Plateau and all political parties in the state to come up with a campaign timetable that would address possible conflicts in dates time and venue He said that all political campaign timetable should be forwarded to the commissioner of police in the state for onward transmission to the Office of the Inspector General of Police immediately He also stated that all quasi security outfits that were established by the state and local communities operating under different names and structures had no legal rules under the Electoral Act and are hereby banned from engaging in campaigns and electoral processes He added that local security such as Vigilante Group of Nigeria Hunters Association Neighborhood Watch and others had no legal role to play in electoral processes as such any involvement would amount to an act of illegality The commissioner warned persons who might want to engage in violence to desist from it as the force was ready to deal firmly with such characters according to the dictates of the law Onyeka implored parents traditional and religious leaders to monitor and prevail on their wards to be law abiding and and resist the temptation to be used by politicians to cause disturbance of public peace The Resident Electoral Commissioner Plateau state Mrs Caroline Okpe in a remark stated that the electoral body was poised to ensure that the elections come and go without problems Okpe advised political parties and candidates to desist from using religion and inciting words during campaigns and stressed the need for them to operate within the law She advised party candidates to encourage their supporters who had yet to pick their voter s cards to do so from INEC offices in all the 17 local government areas in the state Chairman Inter party Advisory Council IPAC Mr Abubakar Dogara who spoke on behalf of all political parties said that all the political parties that would be participating in the elections had agreed to have a rancour free election Dogara also stated that the parties had all agreed to refrain from vote buying and celebrate winning in a modest way to avoid clashes from losing opponents NewsSourceCredit NAN
Campaign: Avoid inflammable speeches, actions – Police to political parties

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Plateau Police Commissioner Barthalomew Onyeka has advised political parties to avoid actions and speeches that can inflame the political order during campaigns.

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Onyeka said this during an interactive session with security agencies, political parties and INEC in Jos on Wednesday.

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He said that the interactive session was to address relevant agencies to chart clear pathways to ensure a smooth electoral process as the political campaigns begins.

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“I wish to firmly advise al political actors to subsume their campaigns within the extant legal framework and avoid actions or speeches that could inflame the political order.

Electoral Act

“All political parties are hereby advised to abide by the provisions of the Electoral Act and play the game according to the rules.

“Party leaders and chieftains are to prevail on their flag bearers, members and supporters not to engage in any act that can incite violence or constitute a breach of peace anywhere on the Plateau,” he said.

Onyeka called on the resident electoral commissioner in Plateau and all political parties in the state, to come up with a campaign timetable that would address possible conflicts in dates, time and venue.

Office of the Inspector General of Police

He said that all political campaign timetable should be forwarded to the commissioner of police in the state for onward transmission to the Office of the Inspector General of Police immediately.

Electoral Act

He also stated that all quasi security outfits that were established by the state and local communities operating under different names and structures had no legal rules under the Electoral Act and are hereby banned from engaging in campaigns and electoral processes.

Vigilante Group

He added that local security such as Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Hunters Association, Neighborhood Watch and others, had no legal role to play in electoral processes as such, any involvement would amount to an act of illegality.

The commissioner warned persons who might want to engage in violence to desist from it as the force was ready to deal firmly with such characters according to the dictates of the law.

Onyeka implored parents, traditional and religious leaders to monitor and prevail on their wards to be law abiding and and resist the temptation to be used by politicians to cause disturbance of public peace.

Resident Electoral Commissioner

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Plateau state, Mrs Caroline Okpe, in a remark stated that the electoral body was poised to ensure that the elections come and go without problems.

Okpe advised political parties and candidates to desist from using religion and inciting words during campaigns and stressed the need for them to operate within the law.

She advised party candidates to encourage their supporters who had yet to pick their voter’s cards to do so from INEC offices in all the 17 local government areas in the state.

Inter-party Advisory Council

Chairman, Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC), Mr Abubakar Dogara, who spoke on behalf of all political parties, said that all the political parties that would be participating in the elections had agreed to have a rancour-free election.

Dogara also stated that the parties had all agreed to refrain from vote- buying and celebrate winning in a modest way to avoid clashes from losing opponents.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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