ABOUT 18,000 police officers are expected to be deployed country-wide to maintain law and order ahead of the general elections slated for August 11 this year, Deputy Inspector General of Police Eugene Sibote has said.

Mr Sibote disclosed this shortly after the official opening of the Zambia Police workshop on the review of the Zambia Police election policing materials held at Ibis Gardens in Chisamba yesterday.

He said the Zambia Police Service had done enough ground work to ensure peace was maintained before, during and after elections.

Mr Sibote added that the service would also provide security to political parties during campaign rallies. He said the presence of police officers would help prevent acts of violence which have been happening during elections.

Mr Sibote assured the people that the police service intended to deliver a violent-free election and would not want to see the violence which happened in some by-elections repeated anywhere.

He however warned police not to infringe peoples’ rights but to effectively search people and vehicles and confiscate any offensive weapons found at check points.

Mr Sibote cautioned members of the public not to take the law in their own hands but instead report any form of violence to law enforcement officers.

He urged all police officers deployed to diligently discharge their duties and maintain peace.

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