OBA OF BENIN CHARGES EDSIEC ON CORRUPTION FREE ELECTORAL PROCESS
By Desmond Agbama, CPS to Oba of Benin
OmoN’ObaN’Edo, UkuAkpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin has charged the Chairman and members of the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) on the need to discourage corruption in the electoral process.
The Oba of Benin gave the charge when the Chairman, Prof. Stanley Orobator led other members of the Commission on a courtesy visit to His Royal Majesty, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin in his Palace.
The OmoN’Oba says they should not undermine the importance of INEC, and enjoined the Chairman and members of EDSIEC to play their role in the development of the democratic process.
The Benin Monarch said to ensure that EDSIEC discharge its job diligently and successfully, the Palace would help to spread the information on the need for the people to participate in the electoral process, and prayed to God and the Ancestors to grant the Chairman and members the wisdom to conduct a free and fair election, reminding them that the task ahead is enormous and quite challenging.
The Chairman of EDSIEC, Prof. Stanley Orobator told his Royal Majesty that they were in the Palace to inform him about the forthcoming local government election and to declare their readiness to conduct a free and fair election in the state.
Prof.Orobator said it would not be business as usual, pointing out that corruption in the electoral process would not be condole.
He appealed to the Oba of Benin to help advice Village Heads, Enigie, Edionwere and the people on the need for them to participate for a better election.
In another development, the Chairman and members of the Benin Customary Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (BCADRC) were in the Palace to inform the OmoN’Oba about the progress of the Committee.
Chairman of the committee retired Justice SamsonUwaifo told the Oba that some respondent refused to respond to ‘Form A’ served on them by complainant, and that something should be done by the Palace to compel them to respond, as the committee do not have power to enforce, which is a major challenge to the work of the committee.
Justice Uwaifo retired also harped on the need to enlarge the membership of the committee to twelve so that three of them could be used to form committee of Arbiters, in order to have resting period for members.
He said former CDA members still exhibit such attitude in them each time they appear before the committee to resolve land disputes.
Justice Uwaifo expressed the commitment of members to resolve disputes and ensure prompt dispensation of justice, without compromising their integrity.
His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II expressed joy that people are satisfied with the establishment of the committee, pointing out that the Palace would device ways to deal with those not honouring the invitation of the committee.
The OmoN’Oba urged members of the committee not to be deterred but to continue to do their job in the most effective manner.
While assuring them that Palace would consider the committee’s request for more members, the Benin Monarch prayed God and the Ancestors to grant members wisdom and good health to pilot the affairs of the committee.