February 27, 2018 By Regina Pratt
The Inspector General of Police has insisted that government vehicles, private and commercial vehicles, as well as tricycles, commercial motor bikes, canoes and speed boats will not be allowed to ply the streets on poling day if they are not accredited.
Dr. Richard Moigbeh said the restriction on vehicular movement on polling day would not be a blanket one, adding that those accredited by the National Electoral Commission to carryout essential services would be allowed to ply the roads.
He, however, noted that there would be no restriction on the movement of people on polling day, adding “People will be free to move about as long as they are not around polling centers.”
According to him, the restriction would not constitute a disadvantage for any political party or individuals, but that it would be meant to ensure successful policing of the entire process without any clash.
“There will be no loitering around polling centres 300 metres away. Political parties will be given accreditation for 10 vehicles per district, with five persons onboard,” he said.
The IGP noted that presidential candidates would be allowed to cast their vote where they registered, whether in Freetown or the provinces, using accreditation, but would not be allowed to move to other places.
Dr. Moigbeh emphasised that the responsibility of providing internal security lies solely with the police, with support from sister forces to ensure peaceful elections.
The security planning for election, Dr. Moigbeh said, started way back in 2016 because the security environment is dynamic and not static.
“We have prepared enough to provide security for a safe, secured and peaceful environment on polling day. We have the capacity to ensure a peaceful election. We will be impartial, neutral and non-partisan in the discharge of our duties,” he assured.
He warned against what he called incitement of people on various media platforms, adding that they would be monitoring social media platforms through the Cyber Forensic Unit of the police.