•Commission to summon candidates over threat of violence
Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Edo office, on Wednesday began three-day training for security agencies that will participate in the September 19 election.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dr. Jonathan Alalibo, who welcomed the participants to Benin, said the training had brought together security agencies to contain breaches that could affect the election.
He said: “It is a well-known fact that Edo governorship election is scheduled to hold on September 19.
“As we are aware, campaigns have started and the state is beginning to notice some sort of skirmishes that are quite antithetical to the core values of free, fair and credible elections.
“Therefore, this training of security agencies is auspicious, as it will expose the trainees to fundamental issues bordering on securing the process and providing a secure environment for voters to exercise their franchise.”
INEC has said it will stem the “ugly reports” of violence coming from politicians in Edo State, ahead of the September 19 governorship poll.
The commission said on Wednesday that it would summon campaign councils, candidates and parties participating in the election over escalating threats of violence.
INEC National Chairman Mahmood Yakubu said the commission is monitoring what is happening in Edo and Ondo states and will meet today to deliberate on how to avert violence.
Yakubu, who spoke during an assessment visit to Nasarawa State ahead of Saturday’s Nasarawa Central by-election, said: “We are monitoring what is happening in Edo State and also in Ondo. The commission will meet tomorrow (today) over the matter. We may have to immediately convene a meeting of not just the candidates and the parties, but also the campaign councils. Whatever we have to do to stem the ugly report of violence or threat of it will have to be done.