The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it would not do anything to mortgage Nigeria’s democracy and will therefore continue with Saturday’s Edo state governorship election.
The Department of State Securities (DSS) and Police had called for the postponement of the election, stating that there could be security risks if the election takes place as scheduled.
But the commission in a statement issued on Thursday by Nick Dazang, said the election would hold as scheduled.
“After carefully weighing all the consequences and parameters of postponing the Edo governorship election as advised yesterday by spokespersons of the Police and Directorate of State Security (DSS), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decided to go ahead with the conduct of the election as scheduled for Saturday, 10th September 2016.
“Addressing press men at the Edo State office of the Commission this afternoon, the National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity Committee of INEC, Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, who expressed the determination of the Commission to go ahead with the election, disclosed that as at yesterday, the Commission had reached not less than ninety-seven per cent level of preparation for the conduct of the election.
“Except the actual conduct of the election, he explained that the Commission had scrupulously implemented all the items listed in the Timetable And Schedule of Activities for the EDO governorship election which it issued in March this year.
“Prince Soyebi stressed that the Commission would not be teleguided and that it would not do anything that would mortgage Nigeria’s democracy.
“He further emphasized that the Commission robustly considered the implications of demobilizing and arrived at the fact that it was more expensive to do so.”