The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) on Wednesday ascribed their inability to conduct local council elections in the State according to Constitutional provision, to the inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to update voters register in the state.
A Commissioner in EDSIEC, Prof. Stanley Orobator, who made the disclosure while briefing the members of the State House of Assembly, blamed the shortcoming on INEC.
Though the tenure of elected council official expires today (Thursday) and lawmakers in the State House of Assembly have asked Heads of Local Government Administration to take over from the council bosses,
“We are fully aware of our responsibilities. We are waiting for INEC to update the voter register and put the card readers in good condition so that nobody will be left out. Some persons have reached the age of 18 and they should be allowed to vote.”
“These are the two things that have held us from conducting the local government election,” Orobator said.
The State House of Assembly had summoned members of EDSIEC to explain why local elections were not conducted three months to the expiration of the tenure of incumbent local council officials.
In his comment, Speaker of the House, Victor Edoror, urged EDSIEC to liase with INEC to update the voter register with a view to conducting credible local elections in the state.