Obaseki, Shaibu get certificate of return
’Protect ballot papers from destruction’
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday presented certificate of return to Edo State governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu.
INEC said this was in accordance with the Electoral Act as amended.
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of South-South zone, Dr. Mustapha Lecky during the event said only a tribunal could upturn the outcome of the September 28 election.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Good Governance (CGG), has urged the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State to maintain the integrity of the election by protecting the ballot papers and other sensitive materials used during the September 28, 2016 exercise.
In a statement by its Executive Director, Mr. Clement Osahon, the Centre for Good Governance (CGG), said it has come to its knowledge that a particular party that contested and lost the governorship election is covertly making overtures to INEC staff at the local government level to mutilate, destroy and burn the ballot papers in order to make their intended case at the election petition tribunal easy for them.
The statement reads in parts: “We call on INEC to be alive to its responsibility to maintain the credibility of the recent election. We are most reliably informed of the attempts by desperate politicians too bribe INEC staff to either release used and unused ballot papers to them or to help them destroy papers. This, they believe in their machination, will make their lost case easy for them at the election tribunal.
“The question is that: if this party actually won the election, as its candidate is falsely claiming, why will their leaders be planning to destroy ballot papers, ahead of filing their case at the tribunal?
“INEC has a constitutional obligation, to safeguard not only the used and unused ballot papers, but also, all the official documents used for the election, including results sheets and their duplicates,” the group stated.