03 September 2020 by Julian Osamota
Ahead of the Edo Governorship election, a Civil Society Group, YIAGA Africa wants the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, to collaborate with key Stakeholders to de-escalate the rising political tension in the State by signing the Peace Accord.
Presenting a pre- election observation report in Abuja, a board member of YIAGA Africa, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, explained that the peace accord was necessary following the 13 flash points of violence already identified, in some Local Government areas of the State.
Mr Ezenwa said the report also indicated inducement of voters by politicians, physical violence towards women at campaign rallies and destruction of property belonging to candidates, as well as gathering of small arms by individuals and groups
The Executive Director YIAGA Africa, Mr. Samson Itodo, stressed the need for INEC, to ensure transparency in collating election results and consistency in the application of electoral guidelines for a successful conduct of the election.
YIAGA Africa called for continued voter education, issue based campaigns and accountability of political actors towards achieving free, fair and credible election in Edo State and beyond.