The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday said the credibility of the Edo governorship election would not be affected by the two weeks postponement.
This was revealed in a statement by INEC Deputy Director for Voter Education and Publicity, Nick Dazang, on Friday in Abuja.
Dazang said the commission was prepared for the election, adding that the credibility of the election will not in anyway be compromised.
He said, “We are prepared in terms of staff needed to conduct the election and adequate training including accreditation for the observer group; both local and foreign, that will monitor the election.
“We have also started accrediting journalists that will cover the election. We have also done much in terms of sensitisation of the voters, political parties and their candidates.
“The postponement of the election does not in any way change our preparedness for the election, neither has it changed our resolve to conduct free, fair and credible election.”
He also talked about the costs incurred by the commission in recalling 19,000 staff.
He said, “We are calling back about 19,000 staff, we have to pay them again and we might consider retraining them ahead of election, so that they we remember some of the things that we have taught them. That is money.
“We have to pay them for the allowances. We have to pay them allowances for coming back to conduct the election.
“We might have to reprint one or two of the sensitive materials to reflect the new date.
“Thankfully as at the time our attention was called to the advisory, we have not distributed some of the materials.”