The Independent National Electoral Commission has identified flashpoints in Kogi state and mapped out strategies to forestall violence ahead of the 14th of November governorship election.
Chairman of the electoral agency, Mahmood Yakubu, also stated that an internal risk assessment has been conducted in the state, which he terms politically volatile.
Senior Political Correspondent, Ayodele Ozugbakun, reports that as more than one million registered voters across 21 Local Government Areas in the confluence State of Kogi, North-Central Nigeria, get ready to vote in the governorship election and a senatorial rerun in Kogi West, security remains the major concern to stakeholders.
Crime Focus spotted men from the police special forces and mobile policemen already drafted across the state. According to the State Commissioner of Police, 35,000 policemen will be on duty across the 3 senatorial districts on Saturday.
Activities at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, are also in top gear. Six Residents Electoral Commissioners drawn from neighbouring states, are already in the capital, Lokoja to complement efforts of the state electoral officer.
INEC, security agencies, led by the Inspector-General of Police and candidates from the 24 political parties contesting the election, are expected to participate in the final stakeholders’ meeting on Tuesday.