Fear of insecurity causes Edo Election Commission to shift LG’s poll to May 6, 2023

Due to fears of insecurity and voter loss of voting rights, the Edo State Local Government Area election has been postponed from January 19 to May 6, 2023 by the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC).

This was stated in a statement from the EDSIEC administrative secretary, Sunday Osayande, in Benin City, the state capital, on Thursday.

The state election referee said, through the statement, that the new date was informed by fears of a threat to peace and security in Edo state.

He explained that due to the expected uncertainty, some voters could lose their right to vote if the Commission were unable to update the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) electoral register.

The statement reads in part: “This is to inform members of the general public and all 18 registered political parties in Edo State that the Board of the Independent Electoral Commission of Edo State has decided at its meeting today to cancel the previously set date for the municipal elections from January 19 to May 6, 2023.

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“This decision follows the commission’s fears of a threat to peace and security as it fears many voters will be disenfranchised if the commission is unable to provide an updated electoral register from the Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC).

“What has been released to the committee so far is the register used in the 2019 general election by INEC.”

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