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INEC seeks stakeholders’ collaboration for Edo ballot

The Independent National Electoral Commission has sought the collaboration of all stakeholders to make sure the success of the September 21, 2024, governorship election in Edo State.

The National Commissioner, Planning, Monitoring and Strategy, Prof. Rhoda Gumus, made the decision on Wednesday at an Election Risk Management workshop for stakeholders in Benin.

Gumus mentioned the election was a posh and massive endeavor that can not be achieved in isolation.

She mentioned the thought behind the workshop is to show members to INEC electoral threat administration and determine inner and exterior threat elements related to the conduct of the election.

She mentioned, “The Electoral Risk Management sensitization workshop seeks to show members to the INEC Electoral Risk Framework, determine inner and exterior threat elements which may be related to the conduct of governorship election within the state, and develop mitigating methods.

“The conduct of elections in each clime is a posh and massive endeavor which can’t be achieved in isolation; it requires monetary assets, all kinds of human experience in numerous areas, various layers of engagements, consultations, planning and eventual implementation.

“The INEC constitutionally is saddled with the responsibility of conducting elections, it unequivocally needs the cooperation of security management bodies and other relevant stakeholders to achieve the conduct of a successful election.”

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According to him, the interaction of environmental dynamics is recognised as both negatively or positively impacting an election by safety consultants from all ideological spectrums.

The commissioner added, “Threats or risk that impede the successful conduct of elections emanate from the environment and are directly or indirectly linked to the legal, operational, technical, political, socio-economic and security situations prevailing in a country, peculiarly in transitional democracies.”

Also, the Commissioner in control of outreach and partnership, Prof. Kunle Ajayi, mentioned everybody have to be involved about safety throughout elections and the prevention of safety breaches by figuring out flashpoints.

He mentioned the fee has confidence within the safety companies to handle election threat/violence the place it might happen, including, “We know that the security agencies can use their expertise to provide adequate security before, during, and after elections.”

The Resident Electoral Commissioner,  Anugbum Onuoha, acknowledged that the flexibility to handle threat in the course of the election would result in the conduct of a free, truthful, and credible election.

The state Commissioner of Police, Funsho Adegboye, mentioned his males had been prepared to offer ample safety on election day, noting sensitization of the law enforcement officials began way back.

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