By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN — AHEAD of the local government by- election in Esan North-East Local Government Area and eight other wards in the state, scheduled for October 22, 2013, the Edo State Police Command and the state Independent Electoral Commission, EDSIEC, have warned members of the public, political parties and other stake holders involved in the election to avoid any act capable of disruption the election.
Chairman of EDSIEC, Mr. Solomon Ogor, who addressed a meeting of stakeholders and security agencies in Benin City, said that the commission was prepared to conduct the rescheduled by-election in a ”rancour free environment,to ensure that no eligible voter is disenfranchised.
“Efforts being put in place will not yield result unless there is cooperation from members of the public, particularly the political class in the area,” he said, adding that the people should conduct themselves within the “bounds of reason,” to enable them enjoy the dividends of democracy.
He said that the commission had procured collapsible ballot boxes to replace the FEDECO steel boxes to ensure that every eligible voter was free to exercise his or her franchise without intimidation. He said that with the new technology, EDSIEC was the only commission in the country to have the colour separation ballot papers per senatorial district to forestall rigging.
Meanwhile, Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Adebanjo Forunsho, has said that adequate security would be put in place during the election, warning that electoral violence would not be tolerated. He enjoined all stakeholders to ensure that the election was free, credible, and fair.