EDO GOVERNORSHIP POLL:OBASEKI URGES INEC TO DEPLOY DRONES FOR TRANSPARENCY
Ahead of the Saturday Edo State governorship election, the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the people of the State have urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deploy drones for the poll.
Obaseki made the plea during a meeting with INEC stakeholders in Benin.
He said the use of drones will enable transparency and help INEC monitor the election process instead of solely depending on human efforts.
He also expressed fear over the non-usage of the Z-pad, saying it might put the efficacy of the electoral process in doubt, while calling on INEC to restore the use of incidence form.
“I must say that the use of drone will help INEC to monitor the election better. The Z-pad will not be used as INEC have said so I am hoping that the incidence form will be used this time.”
Responding to the Governor's request, the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu said that it was impossible to monitor all the polling units with drones.
He stated that the usage of drones is not cost effective as many of the drones might not be recovered after the election.
He added that the use of incidence form was halted in 2019 and it will not be used again.
“We have resolved to hold a free, fair and credible election and everything has been deployed to ensure that the election goes on without hiccups,” he added.