• April 18, 2021

Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Scheduled Elections Will Hold – INEC


By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Followin an earlier announcement that that it would not postpone the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States, which are scheduled for September 19 and October 10, 2020 respectively, a policy to conduct elections in Nigeria, despite the outbreak of COVID-19, has been approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed the strategy tagged “Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic”, via a statement on Thursday, May 22, 2020.

While revealing that the policy would be released on Monday, May 25, 2020, Okoye said that the new policy would enable the commission’s officials and staff to mitigate the challenges of organizing elections in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that it would put in place guidelines to parley with critical stakeholders as the body gears up for the imminent governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States, alongside some bye-elections in some parts of the country.

The INEC Spokesman, however, added that the commission would carry out its duties within legal ambits and in line with the safety guidelines of the federal government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).


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