Few months to Edo State governorship election, the state office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to have a Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to oversee the conduct of the election.
Owie Osazuwa reports that though all appears to be alright at the INEC office, it could not be ascertained whether or not the office will be without a REC during the electoral process.
When the news crew arrived INEC office in Benin, though officials and other protocol departments were functioning, it was observed that the office was without a REC.
Investigation revealed that the tenure of the REC has elapsed since March, 2012, just few months ahead of the state governorship election.
It was gathered that plans may be underway for a new REC, but it has to follow due process of nomination and screening by relevant government organs.
Although no officials could volunteer camera interview, it was learnt that definite steps will be taken to address the situation for a guaranteed credible election in the state.
In a telephone interview, the Chief Press Secretary to Professor Attahiru Jega, the National Chairman of INEC, Kayode Idowu confirmed end of tenure of Edo State REC, Doctor Rose Oboforibo. He said the vacuum so created will be filled when there is an appointment of a new REC, adding that the last posting of REC by INEC was February 2012.
Edo State governorship election is scheduled to hold in July 14, 2012