THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cleared 41 accredited observer groups for the Edo State governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 10.
As contained in the approved list made public in Abuja, on Monday, the breakdown showed 33 domestic observer groups and eight foreign observer groups.
According to the commission, “the accredited groups are to obtain, complete and return Form EPMC 002 for the election from the Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja, between 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (Monday-Friday), starting from Monday, August 15 till Monday, August 22.”
In the same vein, “the accredited groups are expected to submit names and photographs of members, who would participate in the exercise in hard and soft copies (CD Drive, using JPEG format) to the Election and Part Monitoring Department, INEC, latest Monday, August 29. The commission stressed that late submission would not be accepted.”
Accredited groups were also requested to note that the date for distribution of kits in the state will be communicated in due course.
Some of the accredited include Transition Monitoring Group (tmg), Community Life Project (reclaim naija), African Initiative For Sustainable and Positive Development, Centre For Credible Leadership and Citizen Awareness, Alliance for Credible Elections in Nigeria, National Association of State Assembly Legislators (nasal), Centre For Strategy, Ethics and Value, Justice and Equity Organisation, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Policy & Legal Advocacy Centre), Northern Patriotic Front, among others.