Senate Committee on Election

The Senate committee on Independent National Electoral Committee, INEC has warned political actors in Edo State against violence during the September 19 governorship election in the state.

The committee’s chairman, Kabiru Gaya, who handed down the warning when the committee visited the commission’s office in Benin, said the committee is in the state on oversight functions to ascertain the INEC’s preparedness for the Saturday’s polls.

He however, called for synergy between security agencies and the state government in ensuring a peaceful atmosphere for the conduct of the elections.

Gaya therefore, charged the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC in the state to work with the various security agencies to provide adequate security both during and after the elections.

Also speaking, the Committee’s Vice Chairman Sahabi Ya’u advised the ICT unit of INEC to monitor the activities of its staff members to avoid possible sabotage within.

On his part, a member of the committee, Ike Ekweremadu urged INEC to stand firm and remain neutral.

Earlier, the REC, Johnson Alalibo, told the Senators that the commission was fully ready for the elections, adding that 11 of  14 items listed on the schedule of activities had been completed.