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    Thursday, 8 September 2016

    Edo Guber Poll: TMG ‘hits’ police, DSS over postponement

    Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, chairman, Transition Monitoring Group Thursday faulted the call by security agencies on the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the Edo state governorship election.
    She described the call for the postponement of the election as suspicious.

    It could be recalled that Wednesday this week the police and DSS at a press conference in Abuja called on INEC to postpone the Saturday September 10 governorship election in Edo state.

    The security agencies sited threats by insurgents and extremists as the reasons for the call.

    But, Akiyode-Afolabi said “the advice by the DSS to postpone the Edo 2016 election is suspect and one must be quick to say that it is coming rather late, especially because the election will take place in less than 72 hours,”

    Her words: “One would have expected that such advice would have been issued earlier. Such announcement, close to election, could also trigger apathy by voters and capable of building tension in the state, which can lead to electoral violence, which they are supposedly trying to prevent.”

    The Peoples Democratic Party, which expressed shock at the call rejected it and urged INEC to do the same.

    But as at the time of filling this report, there are strong indications that INEC may ignore the call by the security agencies and continue with preparations for the Saturday election in Edo.

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