INEC SUMMONS POLITICAL PARTIES, CANDIDATES IN EDO ELECTION
The Independent National Electoral Commission has invited Chairman and Secretaries (National and State) as well as candidates of all the parties contesting the Governorship election in Edo State to a meeting at the National Headquarters of the Commission on Friday, 18th May 2012 to address the concerns of all stakeholders.
The meeting according to the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Attahiru jega is in response to the petitions received by from various stakeholders in the Edo election.
“In the past few weeks, the Commission has received petitions containing allegations and counter allegations from various political parties. Some of the accusations are directed at political parties and candidates, while others are directed at the Commission’s preparations for the election.”
“While such concerns and anxiety are to be expected in the build-up to an election, it is important that matters do not degenerate as to threaten the fair conduct of the polls.”
Prof. Jega said the meeting is to avert further deterioration of the concerns and anxiety that is already building up to the election and could degenerate to threaten the fair conduct of the polls.
While assuring political parties, candidates and indeed all Nigerians of its unequivocal commitment to conducting free, fair and credible Governorship election in Edo State, the Commission said it is guided and remains committed to the principles of transparency, honesty and creation of level playing field for all political parties and their candidates.