According to a report published by Channels Television not long ago, the Nigeria Police Force is ready to do all it can to make sure that the forthcoming Anambra election is conducted without any form of security bridge. To that effect, the Inspector General of Police(IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, disclosed in Abuja, that the Police Force will deploy a total number of 34,587 Police officers to Anambra State, for the November 6 gubernatorial election.
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As much as this move is a welcome development that will ensure that peace and security reign supreme in Anambra State during the elections, I believe that other measures that will deliver the same goal, can as well be taken.
Hence, I have in this article, highlighted 3 security measures that could be taken aside from deploying 34,587 police officers to Anambra State:
1. The Nigerian Police Force should Install CCTV cameras in voting units:
While the presence of a considerable number of Police officers has a role to play in security during the elections, I believe that installing CCTV cameras is also important because a police officer will only be at a place at a time.
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But with CCTV cameras mounted strategically in the polling units, all actions carried out and everyone present during the election will be captured.
In the case of any security bridge, the CCTV cameras will be able to pick who initiated it, how, and when.
2. Voting should commence early and end before dusk:
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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC must commence the voting process as quickly as possible on November 6. This will ensure that all voters have the chance to vote before sunset. More so, it'll ensure that individuals who may want to cause violence are not granted the advantage of the night, to perpetuate their plans.
3. There should be a controlled vehicular movement on November 6:
In my opinion, voters should be carried from their constituencies to the polling units by authorized buses, while every other vehicular movement should be suspended in the state until the election is over.
This measure will help to cripple thugs, hoodlums from moving around to carry out violent attacks.
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