Some leaders of political parties who fielded candidates in the last local government election in Edo State have cried out over the alleged plot by the State Independent Electoral Commission to frustrate the resolve of their candidates in the election to file their petitions at the Local Government Election Petitions Tribunal.
The political parties alleged that the electoral commission has refused to release the comprehensive election results to enable interested candidates file petitions at the election petition tribunal.
The political party leaders pointed out that the time frame for candidates to file petitions at the Election petitions Tribunal will soon expire.
They said their candidates are making frantic efforts to bent the deadline, but lamented that the candidates are yet to obtain the comprehensive result sheet for the election which is an important document required for their petitions to be entertained at the election petitions tribunal.
The political party leaders who include the State Chairman of Labour Party, Elder Samson Omede and the State publicity Secretary of PDP, Pharmacist Matthew Urhoghide criticized EDSIEC for allegedly foot dragging on the release of comprehensive result sheet.
The described the action as an alleged attempt by EDSIEC to prevent the aggrieved candidates in the election to file their petitions at the election petition tribunal within the time frame prescribed by law.
Reacting to the situation, the Director of Information, Edo State Independent Electoral Commission, Isaac Irabor dismissed the allegations, describing them as untrue.
Mr. Irabor said the commission has since announced the results of the election, and added that the commission will publish the comprehensive results in a few days’ time.
Reported by: Best Orator