By Perez Brisibe
CIVIL societies in Delta State have alleged a “blackout” on them by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC ahead of Saturday’s local government polls.
Speaking on behalf of the groups, executive director, Value Rebirth and Empowerment Initiative, VREI, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe wondered why the electoral body did not make public the call for civil societies be selected as observers and monitors of the election adding that, “this would question the credibility of the election.” Egedegbe whose group participated as an observer in the Delta state 2014 council elections also conducted by DSIEC, said: “Not much was and is heard about the January 6 election in relationship with DSIEC and the civil societies.
“As watchdogs of the society, we weren’t given a fare share in the activities of DSIEC ahead of the election as observers and we condemn this act of blackout.” He noted that during the 2014 elections, DSIEC made public the call for civil societies to participate in the electionary process through screening of intending groups with those selected shortlisted for the general public. Questioning the credibility of the election from primaries to campaigns and post election period, Egedegbe said: “As civil societies who act as watchdog of the society, we hope DSIEC would do something close to a free and fair election because without proper observation of the elections, the credibility of the election comes to questioning.”