The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will remain neutral and respect the choice of the electorate in the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC, gave this assurance at the signing of a Peace Accord organised by the National Peace Committee involving the candidates of the various political parties participating in the election in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Tuesday.
Yakubu said the electoral umpire is committed to conducting free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo State.
He said: “I wish to assure you of INEC’s commitment to credible elections. The votes will count. The people of Edo State will determine who becomes their next governor. Their choice will be upheld.
“Let me also reassure you and the voters in Edo State of the commission’s neutrality. I call on all political parties and their candidates to abide by the letter and spirit of the peace accord.”
Yakubu asked political candidates to allow the signed Peace Accord serve as a covenant with the people of the state.
He urged all the candidates and political actors to maintain peace before, during and after the 19 September election to avoid bloodshed.