INEC Assures Neutrality for Delta House of Assembly Re-run Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has affirmed its commitment to impartiality in the forthcoming Delta House of Assembly Feb. 3 re-run election.

Rev. Monday Udoh-Tom, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), conveyed this assurance during a meeting with state chairmen of political parties in Asaba on Wednesday.

”INEC is not a political party; we are not sponsoring any candidate for the election. So, we shall remain neutral and conduct this election with a high sense of professionalism and neutrality,” he affirmed.

Udoh-Tom explained that the re-run election in Burutu 1 constituency and Ethiope West Constituency was mandated by the Appeal Court’s judgment on litigations arising from the 2023 general election.

“It is based on this that we have decided to invite you for this meeting, and there is a need for us to carry every citizen along in our preparation for the election,” he stated.

The election is scheduled for four polling units in Burutu II Constituency and 37 polling units in Ethiope West Constituency on Feb. 3, 2024.

Udoh-Tom emphasized the importance of disseminating information to political party supporters on the necessity to abide by the rules. He highlighted ongoing preparations, including the placement of non-sensitive materials, meetings with various bodies, discussions with transporters, and staff training.

He appealed to political leaders to advise their supporters to adhere to the rules, eschew bitterness, and violence. Udoh-Tom stressed the success of the 2023 general election due to cooperation and urged a similar spirit of partnership for the upcoming re-run election.

He assured that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) would be utilized, with activation and configuration underway for each polling unit. Udoh-Tom called for cooperation and support to ensure the success and objectives of the election, emphasizing that winners would be individuals from Delta and not foreigners.