Benin elders urge INEC to maintain neutrality during Saturday polls

The Committee of Benin elders has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to maintain its neutrality during the conduct of Saturday March 11, 2023 governorship and State houses of Assembly elections.

The chairman of the Committee, General Godwin Abbe (rtd) and the Secretary of the group, Dr Omorefe Asemota said this on Tuesday in statement, which enjoined voters to turn out to exercise their civic duties in the elections.

The Committee also advised the electoral umpire to adhere to electoral laws towards engender confidence in Nigerians and the international Community by conducting a free, fair and credible elections.

Part of the statement read, “We urge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be truly independent and impartial and to follow the electoral laws strictly, to deliver a credible outcome which will engender confidence in Nigerians and the international Community.

“The Committee of Benin elders has reviewed the current situation nationwide, especially the unfolding political developments and perceived disquiet in a segment of the society.

“The Committee wishes to appeal to everyone to continue to be law abiding and peaceful. We urge our people to discharge their civic duties by going out massively to vote, according to the dictates of their conscience in the forthcoming elections slated for Saturday the 11th of March, 2023.

“The Committee pleads with all relevant authorities at the national and State levels to remain neutral, provide an environment that is conducive for voting and protect the lives of citizens, which will all give credibility to the process”, the statement said.

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