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Elections Will Still Hold In Edo And Ondo States: Says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday reaffirmed its plans to proceed with the Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States as earlier scheduled, irrespective of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voters’ Education and Information, told reporters in Abuja that the commission is yet to meet for discussions about a possible postponement in the earlier fixed dates.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said it’s only an incorrect speculation that INEC will change the dates, saying it gives a totally false impression on the electoral body.

INEC had fixed September 19, 2020 for the governorship election in Edo State, and October 10, 2020 for Ondo state.

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He said before the dates for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections were made public, adequate provisions were in place, stressing that the commission had not met to consider any new dates.

INEC inec - WhatsApp Image 2020 04 28 at 6 - Elections Will Still Hold In Edo And Ondo States: Says INECOkoye issued a statement yesterday, saying: “The commission wishes to inform the general public that no decision has been taken to postpone the Edo and Ondo governorship elections or adjust the timetable and schedule of activities for the said elections scheduled for September 19 and October 10, 2020 respectively.

“It will be recalled that the commission on February 6, 2020 released the timetable and schedule of activities for the two elections. Since then, the timetable has not been adjusted. While we are mindful of the negative impact of the Coronavirus disease, we are also monitoring the various efforts by the federal and state governments’ health authorities and other stakeholders to contain the spread of and eliminate COVlD-l9.

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“If and when the need arises to adjust the timetable for the elections, same will be conveyed to the public in the usual manner. In the meantime, we will continue to study the situation carefully and cooperate with other stakeholders in the battle against COVID-19.”

Conducting of primary election and resolution of disputes arising from primaries would be between 2nd of June to 27th of June while campaign would begin on June 21, as scheduled in the timetable.

September 17, for the end of campaign, had been fixed stating that “Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) provides 90 days for the commencement of campaigns by political parties and end of same 24 hours before polling day.”

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July 2 to 25 had been fixed for conducting primary election and resolution of disputes arising from primaries “to enable political parties democratically nominate candidates for the election as required by Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010.”

The electoral commission fixed October 8, for the end of the campaign while the election would be on October 10.

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