Amid security concerns in the off-cycle election scheduled for today in Kogi, Bayelsa and Imo state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Police Force have reeled out emergency call-in numbers.

Off-Cycle Election: Police Reel Out Emergency Numbers For Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa Polls
Photo from a polling unit (photo credit: INEC Twitter)

A Civil Society Organisation, YIAGA had earlier raised concerns regarding a possible outbreak of violence at the off-cycle elections in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa states.

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However, the election umpire on Saturday, while reeling out the emergency number encouraged voters to exercise their franchise and vote for the candidate of their choice.

Emergency Number

INEC further urged citizens to report any emergency to the numbers.

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“As you go out today to exercise your franchise and vote for the candidate of your choice, be civic in your approach and report any form of Emergency or Disruption to the Commission via; 4632, 09050858629, and 09084444333,” a tweet by INEC read.

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On its part, the Police shared an image with phone numbers of officers to call in the event of violence or any other form of emergency.

Off-Cycle Election: Police Reel Out Emergency Numbers For Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa Polls
Off-Cycle Election: Police Reel Out Emergency Numbers For Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa Polls

In the early hours of Saturday, the election umpire reported that Unknown gunmen kidnapped INEC’s Supervising Presiding Officer (SPO) assigned to registration area 06 in Ossioma, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

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