19 po­lit­i­cal par­ties sig­nify in­ter­est in Edo gov’ship — INEC

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

No fewer than 19 reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal par­ties have sig­ni­fied their in­ten­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the Edo State gover­nor­ship elec­tion sched­uled for Septem­ber 10. INEC Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner (REC), Sam Olumekun,

dis­closed this yes­ter­day dur­ing a di­a­logue with civil so­ci­ety groups in Abuja, which was or­gan­ised by the Sit­u­a­tion Room.

Olumekun said INEC was un­happy with the hate speeches in the pol­i­tick­ing in the state, adding that a meet­ing with the po­lit­i­cal par­ties had been fixed for Au­gust 2, where the is­sue would be dis­cussed.

He listed vi­o­lence, im­punity and strong can­di­dates as ma­jor rea­sons for in­con­clu­sive elec­tions.

lNEC com­mis­sioner, Amina Zakari, said po­lit­i­cal par­ties nor­mally nom­i­nated strong can­di­dates, prompt­ing tight mar­gins, which caused in­con­clu­sive elec­tions.

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

From left: INEC Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner, Edo State, Mr Sam Olumekun; Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, PLAC, Cle­ment Nwankwo; and INEC National Com­mis­sioner, Ha­jiya Amina Zakari, dur­ing the Nige­ria Civil So­ci­ety Sit­u­a­tion Room di­a­logue with INEC and the Nige­ria Po­lice on Edo State gover­nor­ship elec­tion in Abuja yes­ter­day

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