By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the 2019 Voter register will be used in the conduct of September 19, 2020 Governorship election in Edo State.
The Resident Electoral Commission in the State, Dr Johnson Alalibo Sinekiem disclosed this on Thursday while fielding questions from journalists on the sidelines of Edo State 2020 Governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic party.
The Commission however did not give reasons for the decision, but it clarified that there is no cause for alarm as there are no challenges.
“No! We are not updating the Voter register for now. We will use the 2019 register”, he said.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner the PDP will increase the tally of political parties fielding Candidates in the forthcoming poll to nine who have conducted their primaries on Thursday ahead of the State Governorship election which would be conducted in line with Nigeria Constitution, the 2010 electoral Act (as amended) as well as Covid-19 protocols.
“The Commission is ready and and 15 political parties are fielding Candidates in the election. They have notified the Commission to contest the election.
“So far, at the end of today (Thursday), we are going to have political parties who would have concluded their primaries in Edo State”, he stressed.
Sinekiem, also revealed that Stakeholders consultative meetings which is expected to feature heads of the various security agencies will begin next week.