Abuja - The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) is facilitating a Peace Summit to ensure harmony during polls
scheduled for Bayelsa State next month.
The summit, planned with the support of the United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be held on Tuesday in Yenagoa.
“The essence of the programme is for the 20 political
parties and candidates contesting the 5th December 2015 governorship election
in the state to publicly restate their commitment to a non-violent and peaceful
election and by signing the peace accord,” Timidi Wariowei the commission’s
Head of Voter Education and Publicity, said.
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He added that the commission has already sent invitation
letters to all political parties’ chairpersons to come along with governorship
candidates to sign the Peace Deal.
The majority of them have indicated their willingness to
be part of this historic event.
Due to the importance the commission attaches to a
peaceful election, the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Amina Zakari, will
personally come to Bayelsa State to witness the Peace Deal.
Also expected at the event are the Commissioners
of Police for Bayelsa State, Heads of security agencies, traditional/religious
rulers, civil society organisations, media and other stakeholders.
- CAJ News