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Edo: Twenty commissioners to monitor election – INEC

Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Kassim Gaidam says INEC would deploy twenty Commissioners to monitor the July Fourteenth governorship election in the state.

He stated this during a familiarisation visit to the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Benin.

Mr. Gaidam said “all the commissioners would be pulled from outside Edo State for the election, adding that the election would be witnessed by the highest number of local and foreign observers in the electoral history of the country”.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner said “the ballot papers and serial numbers that would be used in the eighteen Local Government Areas would be different”.

The commissioner pointed out that members of the NYSC and students of tertiary institutions in the state would be involved in the election.

He said “no fewer than two vehicles would be deployed to each local government to complement those of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW”.

He said the logistics problems and other hiccups usually associated with electioneering would be tackled.

While saying that INEC Legal Department is already studying the court judgment banning it from using collapsible ballot boxes for the election, Mr. Gaidam said soft copies of standard voters’ register would be presented to the seven political parties on the Fourteenth of June.

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