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New REC maps out strategy for Edo election

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Says the gubernatorial election will be monitored by the highest number of observers in the country’s history

Kassim Gaidam, the new Resident Electoral Commissioner for Edo State, on Thursday said that INEC would deploy 20 commissioners to monitor the July 14 governorship election.

Gaidam revealed this during a familiarisation visit to the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ in Benin.

He added that all the commissioners would be pulled from outside the state for the election.

Gaidam further explained that the election would be witnessed by the highest number of local and foreign observers in the electoral history of the country, while the ballot papers and serial numbers that would be used in the 18 Local Government Areas would be different.

Members of the NYSC and students of tertiary institutions in the state will be involved in the election, and additional vehicles will be deployed to each local government to add to those of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

He said the logistics problems and other hiccups usually associated with electioneering would be tackled.

Gaidam added that INEC’s Legal Department was already studying the court judgment banning it from using collapsing ballot boxes for the election.

The commissioner said that soft copies of standard voters’ register would be presented to the seven political parties on June 14.

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