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INEC Deletes 3,000 Edo Voters Over Multiple Registration

INEC, APC, PDP, Adamawa; Edo guber poll
Posted: Aug 3, 2016 at 6:36 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo

Benin – No fewer than 3,000 persons will not find their names in the voters’ register in Edo State on September 10 as they have been deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over multiple registration.

The commission said the punitive measure would serve as deterrent to persons who engaged in such unlawful act.

Resident electoral commissioner in the State, Mr. Sam Olumekun, disclosed this during a stakeholders’ meeting on Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) with political parties in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Tuesday.

Also speaking at the forum, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, who is the chairman of the committee, enjoined all the political parties and their candidates participating in the election to play by the rules so as not to truncate or derail the peaceful atmosphere that all stakeholders have collectively laboured to achieve.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the Police Commissioner, Mr. Ezike, Edo REC, Mr. Sam Olumekun and Prince Frank Okonga for Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), stated that after exhaustive and frank debates, speeches, lectures, remarks and contributions it was resolved as follows:

“That no political party or candidate shall, during campaigns, resort to the use of indecent and inflammatory language, provocative actions/languages of violence or intimidation of any other party or candidate in line with section 95 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“That members of ICCES shall provide adequate security cover before, during and after the governorship election and also remain neutral and non partisan in line with our rules of engagement.

“That all perpetrators of breach of any electoral law should be sanctioned without fear or favour in accordance with the law.

“That INEC as an Election Management Body (EMB) will be neutral, fair, just and equitable in its dealings with the contesting political parties and their respective candidates by providing a level playing ground in accordance with its constitutional mandate.

“That the political parties and their candidates pledged to collaborate with INEC and ICCES to conduct free, fair and violent free election and to be fair in the conduct of their activities in ensuring peace, respect for each other, transparency and credibility of the electoral process.

“That the leaders of the 19 political parties hereby undertake that their members, supporters and candidates shall adhere to all existing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to elections and the conduct of political parties, especially as enshrined in the INEC Election Guidelines and Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“That the 19 contesting political parties and their candidates also resolved to avoid violent activities of any kind before, during and after the election.

“That all stakeholders and participants jointly condemned any form of political violence, describing it as an ugly threat to the growth of democracy and national cohesion”.