Independent National Electoral Commission says 15 political parties will contest in the September 19 governorship election in the state.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Johnson Samikiem, said this, on Thursday, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, after monitoring the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The INEC REC said, “INEC is fully prepared to conduct a free and credible election in the state. And to this regard, we have 15 political parties who have registered with us to participate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.”
Samikiem said INEC is empowered by the law to monitor any elections in the state, hence his attendance in the primary.
The REC added, “So far so good, I am impressed with the conduct of the election particularly its compliance with the electoral laws as regards the COVID-19 regulations.
“INEC is empowered by the law to monitor any election in the country, and that is why I’m here.”