The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has demanded integrity, honesty, fairness and unfeigned commitment from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.
CAN said that electoral umpire must ensure transparency in the conduct of the election.
The Christian body made its position known to journalists in Benin City, the State capital on Monday
CAN Chairman in the State, Bishop Oyonnude Kure made the call while also demanding that all religious leaders and heads of its blocs pass a congressional warning to their members against the use of violence in achieving the aspirations of their candidates.
He said: “CAN believes that political campaigns should provide a veritable and an enabling opportunity for candidates to market their manifestoes to the electorates and explain their programmes to them.”
In another development, a Coalition of Christian Leaders in the State on Monday, endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu ahead of the election.
The coalition which is made up of church leaders cutting across various Christian denominations in states made their stand known at its one-day conference in Benin city.
The church leaders, In a communiqué made available to newsmen the end of the conference, the church leaders encouraged Christians in Edo State, notwithstanding the denominations, to vote massively for “Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and his running mate, Mallam Gani Audu at the polls,” while also calling for “non-violent elections.”