Edo governorship election must hold, INEC insists
After carefully weighing all the consequences and parameters of postponing the Edo State governorship election as advised yesterday by spokespersons of the Police and Directorate of State Security (DSS), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decided to go ahead with the conduct of the election as scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Addressing press men at the Edo State office of the commission this afternoon, the National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity Committee of INEC, Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, expressed the determination of the commission to go ahead with the election. He disclosed that as at yesterday, the Commission had reached not less than 97 per cent level of preparation for the conduct of the election.
Except the actual conduct of the election, he explained that the Commission had scrupulously implemented all the items listed in the Timetable And Schedule of Activities for the Edo governorship election which it issued in March this year.
Soyebi stressed that the commission would not be teleguided and that it would not mortgage Nigeria's democracy.
He further emphasized that the commission considered the implications of demobilizing and arrived at the fact that it was more expensive to do so.