Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Thursday, said 15 political parties will participate in the September 19 governorship election in the state.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Johnson Samikiem, said this at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City where he had come to monitor the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He 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.”
He said INEC is empowered by the law to monitor any elections in the state, hence his attendance in the primary.
“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”, he added.