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EDSIEC Declares PDP Winner of Edo State Council Election

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EDSIEC Declares PDP Winner of Edo State Council Election
The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) has announced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the recent council elections held in all 18 LGAs of the state. However, the national chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure, has criticized the process, citing irregularities and calling for a fresh and credible election.

The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) recently declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the victor in the council election held last Saturday in all 18 LGAs of the state. While this outcome paints a picture of democratic progress, concerns have been raised about the credibility of the election process.

The national chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure, has condemned the local government election, describing it as a clear attempt to undermine the gains of democracy. In a statement released by the party's national publicity secretary, Obiora Ifoh, Abure highlighted grievances regarding the conduct of the election.

According to Abure, Labour Party agents reported numerous irregularities across polling units in the state. He claimed that there were deliberate efforts by the EDSIEC to frustrate voters. These tactics included electoral officers arriving late to polling units or not showing up at all. In instances where elections did take place, insufficient ballot papers and a lack of result sheets were reported. Despite such challenges, the candidates of the PDP were ultimately declared winners.

Abure stated that prior to the election, credible information reached the Labour Party indicating that the state government had no intention of conducting a proper election. Allegedly, the EDSIEC took instructions from the government house and announced a pre-determined list of winners.

"What happened in Edo state was a mockery of democracy, and such must not be allowed to stand," said Abure, expressing outrage over the election process. He called on the state government to denounce the outcome, condemn the charade, and advocate for a fresh and credible election to take place.

The national chairman also criticized state Independent Electoral Commissions across Nigeria, stating that they have failed to support the growth of democracy. Abure argued that these commissions are merely appendages of the state government, lacking true independence. He called for the conduct of local government elections to be entrusted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for proper management.

Abure's concerns raise the broader question of how far-reaching electoral reforms can be implemented to ensure that the will of the people is truly reflected in election outcomes at all levels. The issue of electoral integrity is not exclusive to Edo State but is a challenge faced by many states in Nigeria.

It is imperative for the Edo State government to address the concerns raised by the Labour Party and other stakeholders. If the allegations of election irregularities hold true, it undermines public trust in the electoral process and diminishes the progress made in democratic governance.

In conclusion, the declaration of the PDP as the winner of the Edo State council election by the EDSIEC raises questions about the credibility of the process. The Labour Party's condemnation of the election, citing deliberate attempts to frustrate voters, only further emphasizes the need for electoral reforms and credible conduct of future elections in the state.

Source of content: OOO News 2023-09-04 News

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