Ahead of Edo Council Elections: Obaseki, Inaugurates, Tasks Commission on Fairness

By Hillary Asemota

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has inaugurated the 7-member Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) to conduct credible, free and fair elections into Akoko-Edo LGA Council, Orhionwon, Egor, Esan Central, Esan North-east, Esan-west, Esan South-east, Etsako Central, Etsako-west, Etsako-east, Igueben, Ikpoba-Okha, Oredo, Owan-west, Owan-east, Uhunmwonde and the others.

The 7 Member Commission is headed by Justice James Oyomire (rtd) has been saddled with the responsibility to break the jinx that conducting elections into LGAs across the country is mission impossible.

During the swearing-in at the Government House, Benin City, the governor charged the commission to be neutral in the conduct of the council poll, reiterating that the electoral process must be free, fair and transparent.

Members of the committee include Mrs. Gladys Idahor, Mr. Uduafi Gabriel, Mr. Felix Ebhota, Mr. Okekuoyen Ehiedu, Mr. Michael Emmanuel and Mr. Vincent Aimienota.

Obaseki noted, “This newly constituted commission has the task of midwifing a new democratic dispensation at the local councils so that we can deepen the dividends of democracy and bring government closer to our people.

“We, as government, are very sensitive to the role of the electoral empire because we are beneficiaries of a free and fair process and having benefited from a free process, are fully committed to ensuring that others have the same privilege and benefits that we enjoyed, which brought us into power.”

He continued: “With the improvements in the electoral process in the state, we hope to conduct a local government election that will be seen as credible and acceptable by the generality of our people. As a government, we will support you to ensure that you deliver on your mandate.

“We have gone through a diligent and thorough process in selecting you; your records speak for themselves and therefore, I have no doubt in my mind that you have what it takes to succeed in this assignment.”

“I want to appeal to all the political leaders and actors to play plain so that our people can choose those who will lead them because it is only when we have the right people managing the affairs of the state that we can engender sustainable development,” the governor noted.

In his remarks, Oyomire, thanked the governor for finding them worthy for the appointment, pledging that the committee will carry out its duty diligently in the interest of the people of Edo State.

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