The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega? and the Inspector General of Police Muhammed Abubakar at? a stakeholders meeting in Benin ahead of Saturday governorship election in Edo State? expressed their commitment towards ensuring that the Saturday’s governorship poll was free, fair and credible.
Jega who arrived Benin City, the Edo State capital on Tuesday to met with candidates, party officials and security agents on preparation to have free, fair and credible election also afforded candidates opportunity to ask questions on areas that needed clarification.
He, however, frowned at reported cases of politicians who engage in the purchase of voters cards and urged voters to desist from such act adding that it was an offence under the electoral acts.
He said electorate were free to stay behind after casting their votes for the result to be announced. This he maintained, was to further ensue transparency as promised by the commission.
All the governorship candidates for the July 14 election attended that stakeholders meeting with the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Candidate, Retired Major General Charles Airhivabere calling on the security agents to beam their search-light on militants whom he said were brought in by leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, (NDVF), Muhajeed Asari Dokubo to undermine the election.
Meanwhile the inspector General of police,(IGP) Muhammed Abubakar, has reaffirmed the readiness of the officers and men of the Nigeria Police to provide the necessary support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure safety and security at the Edo state governorship election.