The Independent National Electoral Commission

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday that the refusal of some political party agents to sign the Edo governorship election result sheet did not invalidate the poll.

INEC National Commissioner in Charge of Publicity Solomon Soyebi said in Benin that the validity of an election is stipulated in the Electoral Act and Election Guidelines.

He said that the concluded Edo election was in line with the Electoral Act.

”The refusal of any party agents to sign the result sheet does not in any way invalidate the declared result of the election,” Soyebi said.

The agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Young Democratic Party (YDP) refused to sign the result sheet.

Soyebi praised Edo residents for their peaceful conduct that allowed the election to be peaceful and concluded in one ballot.

”This is one of the few elections that we have conducted with minimum violence,” he said.

Soyebi said that the people of Edo had set the pace for peaceful election and mass turnout of voters in the country.

He hoped that such a standard would be sustained.

The INEC commissioner said the high number of cancelled votes and the inability to use the card readers remained one of the major changes in the election.

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  1. Soyebi is not competent to interpret the Electoral Act in respect of Edo State Governorship election. He should leave the interpretation of the Electoral Act to he judiciary. Period!