Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has urged the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) to flush out corrupt officials, who were fingered for aiding electoral fraud in the last general election.
This is even as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday listed the guidelines and timetable for the governorship election holding in Edo State on September 10, this year.
According to INEC, party primaries will hold from 2nd June to the 4th of July, 2016; campaigns will commence on Sunday 10th June, 2016, while the official register of voters for the election will be published on the 11th August, 2016. The election proper will take place on the 10th of September.
The new Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Edo State, Mr. Sam Olumekun, gave the guidelines yesterday in Benin, the Edo State capital.
Speaking during a meeting with the new REC who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City, Governor Oshiomhole said, “allow me, on behalf of the government and the good people of Edo State, across all the party divide to welcome you to Edo State and to pray the God almighty to protect you as He has protected your predecessors, guide you, give you wisdom, courage and robust energy to superintend over the preparations and the conduct of the forthcoming election and beyond.
“I am a believer as some of your officers on ground may have briefed you. I am a believer and a preacher of one man, one vote because for too long, the promise of democracy was compromised in our country and my campaign mantra was that you must fight election fraud, not because of me but because of our country.
“It was clear to me that unless you have an accountable government, poverty will remain endemic and society will remain unsafe”.