Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) Chairman, Prof Stanley Orobator has tasked political parties, candidates and other stakeholders on a violence free election before, during and after the local council election scheduled for March 3rd.
Orobator who pledged his readiness to be neural, fair and provide level playing ground for all political parties fielding candidates in the March 3rd local council election in the state, appealed to stakeholders to eschew acts of violence capable of derailing the electoral process, adding that all registered parties are required to collect nomination forms on behalf of their Candidates at the Headquarters of EDSIEC, Benin City.
He stated this when he addressed the press yesterday in Benin City, during a meeting with all registered political parties and release of election guidelines at the office of the commission.
Orobator urged all the parties and their representatives to do their homework, and not to trade on words that can result on violence for a transparent, free, fair and credible election.
He appealed to the parties and stakeholders participating in the election into the 18 local government councils to resist any form of election violence as the commission will not accept results characterized in violence.
Prof. Orobator stressed the need for all and sundry to abide by the rule of law, urged the stakeholders to maintain decorum and to expect a local council election that is 100 percent in line with democratic tenet.