The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured the people of Edo State of a free, fair and credible governorship election on Saturday.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the state, Dr Johnson Sinikiem, gave the assurance during a stakeholders’ meeting in Benin, the state capital, on Monday, NAN reports.
Sinikiem also disclosed that the electoral umpire was ready for the conduct of the Saturday’s election.
He said: “We monitored the primaries of the 15 political parties, out of which 14 submitted the names of candidates to the commission by the expiration of the deadline.
“We have received all non-sensitive materials, and have trained the various categories of staff for the election.
“We have given out voters’ register to the 14 political parties as mandated in Section 20 of the 2010 Electoral Act, as Amended.
“We have configured our Smart Card Readers and have sent them to electoral officers.
“We have received personal protective equipment for our personnel and adhoc staff for COVID-19.
“With barely 5 days to the election, please permit me to say that we are ready for the election.
“We are just waiting for the receipt of sensitive materials this week, and then the election goes on as scheduled.”