BENIN CITY, NIGERIA. September 18, 2020… The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to live up to its promise to conduct a free, fair and transparent Governorship Election in Edo State by providing a level playing field for all candidates, just as they urged all security agencies deployed to Edo State for the purpose of the election to be civil and fair to all candidates participating in the contest while discharging their duties.
Executive Director of ANEEJ, the Rev David Ugolor in a release issued today in Benin ahead of tomorrow’s Governorship election urged eligible voters in the State to turn out en-masse to cast their votes for candidates of their choice as government has assured citizens of adequate security before, during and after the elections.
He reminded voters to ensure that they respect all guidelines put in place by INEC and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by wearing their face masks and observe social distancing at the polling units.
“INEC has a sacred duty to ensure transparency in the conduct of tomorrow’s Edo State Governorship election. The electoral body must demonstrate openness, fairness and high-level of integrity as the whole world is focusing on Edo State for the smooth conduct of the polls.
“We urge the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Army and other security agencies to ensure high level professionalism in providing security for all citizens in Edo State. The police must resist the temptation of being dragged by the contestants and their supporters into partisanship in the discharge of their duties,” Ugolor urged.
Rev Ugolor called on all candidates to the election to restrain their supporters from all vices capable of undermining the credibility of the election.