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