Osun 2022: What each political party should do before holding any rally – Police
The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Olawale Olokode on Monday met with representatives of political parties to discuss the guidelines that will govern the political activities ahead of the governorship election holding on July 16.
Olokode said the meeting became necessary to avoid clashes and also to ensure residents of the State do not feel any inconvenience during the campaign period.
According to a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, obtained by InsightMedia on Wednesday, here are the issues of importance
1) Time and locations of political rallies of parties should not be allowed to clash. Hence, prompt submission of meeting/rally dates is expected to be sent to the police for proper regulation.
2) Such applications for rally should be sent directly to the SHQ for approval before embarking on such activities. Thus no Area Commander or DPO should accept application for rally.
3) The timing for application should be at least a week before the Rally and reminders to be sent at least, 48hrs to the date.
4) Appropriate venue that can securely and conveniently accommodate the rally should only be considered, to avoid, commotion, accident or clash of political interests, e.g. T-junctions, Round about etc should not be used. A secured open field is suggested for Rallies.
5). Political Party members should avoid offensive and unhealthy practices during rallies, such as, abusive words against other political parties, use of thugs, brandishing of dangerous and offensive weapons etc.
6). Adhere strictly to the Political Campaign program, rules regulation and guidance as stipulated by the electoral laws.
7). The Police Command is doing everything possible to ensure safe political terrain for rallies, campaigns and election.
The CP appreciates all the Political Parties for there comportment and good conduct so far. Noting that, this has earned the Osun State one of the most peaceful States so far in the Country.
“Let’s maintain the tempo”, he said.
CP Olawale Olokode, Osun 2022