By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN — THE Chairman of Edo State Independent National Electoral Commission, EDSIEC, Mr. Solomon Ogoi, weekend, said that he was not hired by anyone to manipulate the local government elections in the state, insisting that the commission decided to cancel last Thursday’s election in Esan North-East Local Government Area because there was no genuine result to announce to the public.
Ogoi, who spoke to Vanguard in Benin City, said it would be mischievous for any political party to accuse EDSIEC of conniving with the state government to manipulate the council elections, noting that the elections held peacefully in most of the councils, adding that politicians decided to cause confusion in some areas, which according to him must not be blamed on EDSIEC.
On the cancellation of the elections in Esan North East, he said: “I have heard several things as regards this election but I asked myself, which result do they want me to announce? The elections there started very peacefully but politicians started the trouble and the Election Officers fled, no ward returning officers and these people fled when the politicians started to fight.”
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