The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana, yesterday received a team of African Union observers currently in the country for the presidential election. The IGP briefed the delegation, led by the former Interim President of Mali, Dioncounda Traore, on the security situation in the country and reassured them of “peaceful, safe, and smooth elections.” Gasana underscored that the police established a security campaign plan for the entire electoral period – before, during, and shortly after the elections. He informed the observers that the campaign period has been incident-free and reassured them that the elections will be conducted in a secure environment.
“We drew a comprehensive security plan at the national level to ensure that the whole process is not disrupted,” Gasana said.
The IGP informed the delegation that the mission of the Police during the election is to secure polling centres and to provide escort of electoral materials as well as security to officials of the electoral commission, election observers, and the general public.