- INEC will give zero tolerance in the Edo and Ondo governorship election
- The commission's position was put forward by INEC's commissioner, Festus Okoye
- The electoral body urged politicians and political parties to steer clear from violence during the polls
Violence of any sort will not be tolerated during the conduct of the gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo state, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a message to all political parties that have aspirants for the coming elections, INEC on Wednesday, June 10, said that it will not allow any action that will jeopardise the lives of voters and its officials during the exercise, The Nation reports.
The commission urged all politicians to refrain from violence and ensure that they conduct their activities in "the best traditions of electoral democracy."
Parts of the statement signed by INEC's national commissioner, Festus Okoye, read: “Political parties must shun all acts capable of breaching the peace and unsettling the peace and order of the state and jeopardising the health and safety of party members, election officials and observers.
“The commission will not condone acts of electoral impunity during these end-of-tenure governorship elections and the forthcoming bye-elections. The commission will work collaboratively with all the security agencies to ensure a good electoral environment for the conduct of elections.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC had set some parameters that would be used during voting exercises at the forthcoming Ondo and Edo gubernatorial elections.
The conditions were given at INEC's first virtual meeting held on Wednesday, June 3, which was convened by its national chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu.
Speaking at the meeting, INEC's national commissioner, Okechukwu Ibeanu, made it plain that there must be compulsory wearing of face masks by all voters.
Ibeanu stated that anyone who refuses to wear or is found without a face mask at polling units will be asked to leave the place.
Added to this, the national commissioner said that no face branded by any political party will be accepted during voting.
He went on to say that the electoral body cannot at this time bear the cost of providing face masks for voters.
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