In preparation for the Edo governorship election slated for Saturday, September 10, 2016, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is to deploy 18,511 personnel to the state.
In a bulletin issued by the commission, Edo State, which is made up of 18 local government areas, has a total of 1,925,105 registered voters, 192 registration areas, 2,627 polling and 4,011 voting points.
The commission will deploy one returning officer, 18 local government area collation officers, 192 registration area collation officers, 263 supervisory presiding officers; 2,627 presiding officers 12, 036 assistant presiding officers (APOs) I, II and III; 2,530 Assistant presiding officers, 728 reserve assistant preserving officers (five percent), 19 LGA supervisors + 1 HQ reserve; and 97 RA Cluster Supervisors + HQ 1 Reserve (2RAs/Supervisor).
Meanwhile, the suspended federal and state constituency elections in Rivers State may be concluded by the commission in October this year, according to the national commissioner in charge of Electoral Operations, Hajiya Amina Bala Zakari, while expressing the commission’s resolve who addressed Stakeholders in Port Harcourt last week Thursday.
She called on stakeholders, especially members of the political class, to co-operate with the commission in order to bring this about.
Hajiya Zakari emphasised that INEC was non-partisan and was interested in strengthening Nigeria’s democracy by providing political parties and contestants a level playing field.
She said that the commission was worried that some parts of Rivers State had no representation at the National and State Assemblies, hence the convening of the stakeholders’ forum to discuss issues emanating from the conduct of the May 19, 2016 re-run elections which were suspended as a result of violence.
She explained that the March 19 re-run elections were suspended at various stages due to violence.
They were, according to her, at the stages of post-collation, pre-collation and during collation.
She further explained some “cooling off” period was allowed by the Commission to re-strategize on how to return to the affected areas to conclude the elections.
Zakari informed the forum consisting of political leaders and candidates of the 28 political parties that participated in the re-run elections that INEC was determined to conclude them and had earlier fixed the date for July 30.
She regretted that it could not hold because of security reasons, non-compliance of the political class with the peace resolution signed by them and the arson which took place at INEC’s Bori Khana LGA Office on July 21st, 2016.
She stated that in spite of the efforts of mediators, the conditions earlier set as precedent for the conduct of the elections by the commission were not met in Rivers State, adding that the elections in Imo and Kano States were conducted because they satisfied INEC’s conditions.


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