By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE, Benin
IN its bid to demonstrate that it would be transparent in the conduct of the July 14, 2012 Edo state governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday in Benin said that it would make open the process of the election like receiving and distribution of all sensitive materials to accredited agents, security agencies and the media .
Edo state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Kassim Gaidam who made this pledge while presenting a soft copy of voters’ register and copies of the Electoral Act to representatives of the seven political parties taking part in the election, also disclosed that voters will cast their votes in 5,519 voting units across the state.
The Resident Commissioner further disclosed that arrangements were under way for the distribution of non-sensitive materials to all local government area offices of the Commission, even as he added that effort was being made to secure additional vehicles from neighbouring states, and hiring of boats to ease logistic challenges.
He explained that the presentation of the voters was in fulfillment of the Electoral Act 2010, adding “this event also affords golden opportunity for the Commission to partner with all political parties and stakeholders as we all forge ahead to ensure the delivery of credible, transparent and generally acceptable governorship election 30 days from today.”
While urging all security agencies and the media to closely focus their search lights to help INEC check the few bad eggs within, the Resident Electoral Commissioner expressed optimism that the presence of the high number of local and foreign observers, National Commissioners, RECs as well as Directors from INEC headquarters on election day would help check possible abuse of process and ensuring adherence to global best practices that would reflect the choice of the electorate.
Speaking on the occasion, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Mr. Hashimu Argungu assured the Security Committee on the election would be fair, just and honest to all during the election, just as he promised that the Committee would be neutral.
The AIG who described security as the pivot of election in all aspects, pleaded with the media as the bridge between INEC and the people, to carry out their function without bias.
Meanwhile, a stakeholder meeting between INEC and representatives of the seven political parties taking part in the election is expected to hold on June 19 in Abuja.