Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
CONDUCTING the September 19 and October 10 governorship polls in Edo and Ondo states will not be tea parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) admitted last night.
Speaking against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commission noted that very few jurisdictions have experienced conducting elections under the prevailing health situation.
In a statement signed by National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, INEC said “elections in a pandemic such as COVID-19 is yet uncharted waters. Only very few jurisdictions have any experience with this.
“Notwithstanding, the commission is committed to conducting all elections that are due within the extant legal framework. However, in so doing it will put a premium on public safety and mitigation of health risks from COVID-19.
“However, in so doing it will put a premium on public safety and mitigation of health risks from COVID-19….