2023 General Elections: Political Parties Sign Peace Accord In Zamfara
All registered political parties in Zamfara State have ahead of the 2023 general elections penned their signatures on a peace accord.
The exercise according to the state commissioner of police, Kolo Yusuf, was to ensure the smooth and peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections.
Naija News understands that Yusuf chairs the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state.
Speaking at the summit that was held in Gusau, the state capital on Tuesday, the police commissioner said the focus was to stimulate healthy interaction and mutual discussion on matters relating to the security and overall conduct of the February 2023 General Elections.
He explained that the ICCES was an ad hoc committee of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), made up of the various security agencies to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
“All security agencies in the state are working together to ensure effective deployment and management during the elections,” Vanguard quoted the police boss as saying.
Yusuf added that “all quasi-security outfits during campaigns/rallies and other electoral processes are banned”.
This is as the police commissioner also warned that the use of firearms and other offensive weapons remained prohibited. Yusuf assured the residents of Zamfara of peaceful elections in the state.
Speaking earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof Saeed Babura, appealed to the political parties for maximum support and cooperation with INEC, the security agencies and other stakeholders.
At the signing of the peace accord, political stakeholders in the state assured their readiness to abide by the peace agreement for the smooth conduct of the February 2023 polls.