SAN FRANCISCO, September 27, (THEWILL) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that it was not envisaging any problem that could lead to an inconclusive Election saying all arrangement are in place ahead of Wednesday’s governorship election in Edo state.
This was disclosed to The Nation by Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, who insisted that report from all quarters have been encouraging, despite the allegations and counter allegations by political parties.
“By the special grace of God there shall be no incident that will lead to inconclusive election,” he said.
“We have assurances from Security Agencies. The Nigerian police has promised to deplore 25000 men and they also have other agencies that are also contributing men for the purpose of the election and I believe in the new commissioner of police in Edo, who gave assurances yesterday that they will decisively deal with anybody that tries to engage in any act that is capable of derailing the election in all the 18 local government areas of the state.
“And so far we have not seen any intention of from the political gladiators to cause mayhem. There has been exchanges here and there, allegations and also of that, but we hope that this will not degenerate.
“From the point of INEC, we have prepared for this election since March, remember that September 10th was the initial date, and we were for the advices from security agencies that persuaded us to postpone the election.
“So we are really keen and hoping that as I speak, a lot of deployment is going on, a lot of personal and materials deployment. We are monitoring everything in real time and there had been no problem and I hope that tomorrow we will have a fantastic time and it will be a historic election. So we don’t envisage any problem.”
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THEWILL recalls that the election was earlier scheduled for September 10th but was however postponed on the advice of the security agencies to Wednesday, September 28, 2016.
Story by David Oputah