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INEC denies plan to shift Edo, Ondo governorship election

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THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied that it has postponed the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections slated for September and October this year respectively over the COVID-19 pandemic.

  The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, said in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

  Okoye in the statement said, 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 l9th September and 10th October 2020 respectively.

  National chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu had on 6th February 2020 released the timetable and schedule of activities for the two elections. The electoral body February fixed Saturday, September 19, 2020, as the date for the governorship election in Edo State and Saturday, October 10, 2020, for Ondo State governorship elections.

  According to Okoye “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.

  “If and when the need arises to adjust the time table 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 COVID19,” Okoye said.

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