(NAN)The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it has accredited 41 observer groups to monitor the Sept. 10 governorship election in Edo.
According to INEC daily bulletin issued today in Abuja, among the groups are 33 local observers and eight foreign.
The local observers include: the Transition Monitoring Group; Community Life Project (Reclaim Naija); African Initiative for Sustainable & Positive Development as well as Alliance for Credible Elections in Nigeria.
Among the foreign observers are the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI); British High Commission; International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the European Union Delegation.
INEC has directed the accredited groups to obtain, complete and return Form EPMC 002 for the election from the Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters from Aug. 15 to Aug. 22.
“In the same vein, the accredited groups are expected to submit names and photographs of members who would participate in the exercise in hard and soft copies (CD Drive, using JPEG format) to the same department latest by Aug. 29.
“Accredited groups are also requested to note that the date for distribution of kits in the state will be communicated in due course,’’ the bulletin stated, adding that late submission would not be accepted.