Benin – The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) has blamed Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) inability to update the voter register for the delay in conducting council polls in the state.
A Commissioner in the commission, Prof. Stanley Orobotor, made this known on Tuesday when he briefed the Edo House of Assembly on why reason for the delay in the conduct of the polls.
Orobotor said, “We are fully aware of our responsibilities. We are waiting for INEC to update the voter register and put the card readers in good condition so that nobody will be left out.
“These are the two things that have held us from conducting the local government elections.”
The Speaker of the house, Mr Victor Edoror, urged the commission to, as a matter of urgency, liaise with INEC to update the voter register on time so as to conduct a credible election in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tenure of the current councils in the state will expire on Thursday.
The House had summoned EDSIEC to explain why it has not been able to conduct local government elections 90 days before the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent councils. (NAN)
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