By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—EDO State Civil Society Organisations, EDOSCO, the umbrella body of civil society groups in the state, has turned down its accreditation as an observer of the state local government elections slated for tomorrow.
A statement in Benin City, yesterday by the Public Relations Officer of the group, Mr Osazee Edigin, said that their refusal to be accredited as an observer was sequel to the seemly unpreparedness by the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission, EDSIEC, for the election as evidenced by its conduct when it called for a meeting with would-be observers at their secretariat on February 26, 2018.
He said: “Some of our observations were that, they fixed another meeting with Electoral Officers (EOs) same time with observers, the hall was without chairs, making observers to stand while the meeting with the Electoral Officers was in session.
“The coordinator of the meeting was so uncoordinated, receiving calls and making calls while addressing participants. The most disappointing moment was when he finally announced that observers should submit themselves to police screening before accreditation by EDSIEC.
“We are irked by the directive of EDSIEC for police screening of election observers when individuals that are vying for the various political positions were not asked to undergo police screening.”