- All forms of political campaigns in Edo state has officially ended
- This is in line with Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended)
- INEC has also warned that those who run afoul of the law will be punished
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the end of political campaigns in Edo state.
The move is in line with Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) which provides 90 days for commencement of campaigns by political parties and end of same 24 hours before polling day.
By this rule, all political parties in the state are expected to halt all campaigns in the state in order not to run foul of the law.
Legit.ng reports that the major political parties in Edo had last-minute political engagements in the state before the deadline.
While the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) engaged in roadshows to woo undecided voters, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged key stakeholders at the ward levels to get the nod from voters still undecided.
An official of INEC who chose to be anonymous told reporters that the commission will be on the lookout for parties who will flout the law.
“They are all aware of this rule. During our engagements with them, we reiterated that campaigns must end 24 hours before the election.
“So, we will be on the watch for those who want to flout this rule and ensure they are punished for their actions.
“However, I believe the parties are not new to this process, so, we are expecting they adhere to the rule, as they have had 90 days to campaign according to our timetable.”
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Meanwhile, as part of its last-minute campaigns, a group, Strategic Outreach Support (SOS), has thrown its weight behind the reelection of Governor Godwin Obaseki, swelling the support base of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The non-governmental organisation also produced and donated over 2,000 face masks to the state government to be made available to voters on election day, to enable them access the polling booths in accordance with the directive of INEC.
President of the group, Barrister Uzoma Ehikwe, who spoke to journalists in Benin city after delivering the items to the office of a media aide to the governor, Crusoe Osagie, urged eligible voters to come out en masse on Saturday to vote for the PDP.
Commending the governor’s achievements across all sectors of the state, Ehikwe noted:
“As a concerned group interested in good governance and development of Edo state, we acknowledge the developmental strides recorded by the Obaseki-led administration and want continuity of the governor’s people-centric governance; his laudable projects are there for everyone to see.
“From the State Secretariat Complex and the 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Power Plant, which have been completed and ready for use, to the 5500bpd Edo Modular Refinery, the Benin Enterprise and Industrial Park, among other legacy projects, the governor has continued to earn the love and support of majority of Edo people.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that ahead of the gubernatorial election in the state, the government has declared Friday, September 18, as work-free day to enable workers in public service travel to their respective constituencies to exercise their franchise.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the Edo state head of service, through the permanent secretary, Mrs Aziegbemhin P.E.
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