Edo electoral body berates polls monitors

The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) on Wednesday berated some election monitors and observers, who it said, were masquerading for some political interest from reports they have been publishing on the April 20, 2013, local council election.

It, however, promised the people of the state credible election in Esan North-East Council and other wards in some councils across the state where polls were inconclusive.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Benin City, a member of the Commission, Prof. Stanley Orobatror, said many of the self-acclaimed election monitors who had been condemning the election in Abuja, were those who did not meet the criteria for monitoring the polls and also failed to force the Commission to pay them for the exercise.

He said 104 individuals and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) applied to be accredited but that on accepting their applications, “It was discovered that most of the applicants belonged to unregistered bodies while some had forged registration certificates”.