The Nigerian Army said Tuesday that it would assist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring maximum security before, during and after the 2019 general elections especially in the northeast of the country.
The Army Director of Public Relations, Brig Gen Texas Chukwu said the assurance was given by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Brig. Gen. Abdumalik Biu when the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Borno state, Mohammed Magaji paid him a visit.
Brig. Gen. Chukwu noted in a statement that the assurance was to enable the commission carry out its constitutional responsibility of conducting 2019 General Elections peacefully.
Brig Gen said: “The Acting GOC described INEC as a critical institution to democratic process in Nigeria and promised to provide security for all INEC staff and materials in all voting areas in hinterlands of the state, during the forth coming general election”.
The statement further quoted the GOC as saying that “the Nigerian Army will do all within its power to provide adequate security to INEC staff and their materials during the election”.
Brig Gen Chukwu noted that “earlier the Resident Electoral Commissioner thanked the Nigerian Army for their efforts in combating Boko Haram insurgency, stressing that this has led to the return of peace in the State. He prayed for God’s protection and victory for the troops fighting insurgency in all parts of North East of Nigeria.
The statement reads: “The INEC boss further commended the Nigerian Army for keeping electoral environment safe during previous elections, adding that such efforts gave INEC leeway in conducting their affairs without fear of intimidation and harassment from any quarters.
“He used the opportunity to inform the Acting GOC of the Commission’s end of registration for Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and also solicited for Nigerian Army’s support during the distribution of the cards prior to election year.
“Present during the visit was some Principal Staff Officers of the Division as well as INEC management staff”.