The Joint Task Force providing security in the South-East has promised to remain neutral and ensure a peaceful electoral process in the forthcoming Imo governorship election on November 11.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Mohammed Barde, stated this on Wednesday after a meeting of the security agencies operating as part of the JTF in Owerri.
Barde, who spoke on behalf of the JTF, said the meeting was aimed at achieving synergy between the security agencies for a successful election in the state.
He reminded security agents who would be on election duty on the need to remain nonpartisan, adding that “those who take sides with political parties will definitely be punished.”
Barde assured the electorate of a conducive atmosphere for the elections and appealed to politicians to cooperate with security arrangements and avoid the use of thugs during and after the election.
“There will be a safe, peaceful environment and zero tolerance for violence to enable voters participate in a hitch-free process,” he said.
He called on Imo residents to exercise their franchise on Election Day without fear of violence, harassment or intimidation.