The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to disclose the identities of those to conduct the forth-coming governorship election.
In its letter to the INEC, PDP Publicity Secretary, Chris O Nehikhare, said: “As part of our preparations for the Edo State gubernatorial election slated for Saturday September 10, 2016, we have formally requested for a meeting with staff (Local Government Collation Officers, Returning Officer for the State, Staff in charge of card readers, E-Collation Officers and members of the ICT team) of INEC assigned to the state to conduct the elections in Edo State.
“You are aware that as at today 5/09/2016 (5 days before the elections), the names and identities of these staff have not been made public.
“Information available to us is that INEC has granted requests made by the APC for a similar meeting with the above mentioned staff. We are reliably informed that members of APC have been granted remote access to INEC servers and INEC e-collation platforms
“We are informed that this was done in furtherance of a plan by certain officials of INEC to grant APC real time access to INEC’s e-collation platforms in a bid to enable them manipulate results on the field at polling stations where they are losing elections or disrupt the electoral process at such locations. We believe that such a meeting will avail us the opportunity to lay our complaints.”