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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is kicking against the use of masked or hooded security operatives in the 2015 general election.
This was made known by the commission’s Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega at Abuja on Wednesday. He was speaking at an interactive session he held with local and international Civil Society Organisations involved in election monitoring. He stated that any security personnel deployed for election situations must be someone identifiable. He considers the growing trend of using masked security men during elections as worrisome.
“In recent times, we have witnessed an increased presence of hooded security operatives during elections. This is an emerging trend which is highly worrisome and which needs to be addressed in good time. Security agents who are deployed on election duties should not be masked, the doctrine of transparency requires that they should be identifiable.
“We will not allow such persons during the 2015 elections. Any security personnel deployed for the election must be someone identifiable such that if anything happens we will be able to know who to hold responsible”, Jega stated.