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2011 Elections: FG imposes 10pm–5am curfew, closes borders

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Friday, 15 Apr 2011         
The Federal Government on Thursday shut all the country’s land borders till 6am on Monday to ensure a peaceful and hitch-free conduct of the presidential election.
It added that vehicular movement would not be allowed nationwide from 8 am to 5pm tomorrow, the day of the presidential election.
The Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho (retd.) announced this just as the Police also said that movement would be restricted from 10pm today till 6am tomorrow nationwide.
It added that the restriction order was to enable law enforcement agents checkmate miscreants, thugs and other criminals who might want to use the cover of darkness to interrupt the smooth conduct of the elections.
A statement by Amore reads:
“The police will not condone any act or conduct that is detrimental to the smooth conduct of the election as any trouble makers will be arrested and dealt with according to the law. The police are using this medium to assure all Nigerians that all law enforcement agents are working in collaboration to ensure violence free and fair elections. All eligible voters are advised to go out and cast their votes without fear of molestation and they are also enjoined to leave the immediate voting vicinity and allow their various party agents to take care of protecting and watching all vote cast until they are duly counted and recorded by the INEC officials.”
Also on Thursday, Jega directed all presiding officers of INEC to paste results of elections at the polling units.
He explained while receiving the European Union election observation group that the order was necessary to guarantee transparency and ensure greater fairness in the polling process.
Jega, who advised voters to ensure that returning officers pasted results at the polling units after tabulation, expressed worry that the commission received reports that results were not pasted in some polling units during last Saturday’s National Assembly elections.
“Once the results are tabulated, they must be pasted. This is in order to bring additional credibility in the polling process,’’ he said.
The INEC chairman also expressed the commission’s readiness for the presidential poll. He said that the states had taken delivery of all the materials needed for the exercise.
Jega acknowledged hitches witnessed at the National Assembly election, including the late commencement of voting due to the late arrival of materials and some missing names in the voters’ register.
He said, “Some of the challenges of accreditation have been addressed. We have also taken steps to correct the omission of names of voters from the register at some polling centres.
“We hope their will be remarkable improvement by next Saturday,” he said.
Source: Punch
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