Ben Dunno, Warri
Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for the Delta State House of Assembly, Uvwie Constituency, Prince Moses Mugidi Samuel, has blamed the last Saturday’s postponement of election on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lack of proactive operational capability.
Mugidi said that while it’s not logical to blame INEC over natural causes as poor weather used as an excuse for its ability to distribute electoral materials to some locations in the country, he maintained that INEC would have considered other options ahead of time.
Speaking in a chat with newsmen in Warri, the LP Candidate faulted INEC’s claim, insisting that relying on air transportation as the means of conveying electoral materials to some remote parts of the country was a wrong calculation as weather remains an unpredictable factor.
He described the three days spent by INEC officials at the Airport monitoring weather as a waste of precious time since INEC could have mobilised using roads as an alternative means by engaging bullion vans of the various commercial banks to convey these materials.
According to him, “INEC ought to know butter that they don’t have control over natural occurrence as determining weather situation. So one would have expected the commission engages both commercial and Central banks spread across the country”.
“INEC could have approached all the commercial banks to mobilize their bullion vans as done in the past to convey these electoral materials to the nearest central banks located in most state capitals in the country.
“Then from these points, INEC can still engage the same bullion vans to take these materials to various commercial banks nearest to these wards as we are all aware that there’s hardly any city or town without a commercial bank close to it”, he suggested.