INEC rules out extension of deadline on primaries for Edo election

INEC rules out extension of deadline on primaries for Edo election

- When it comes to the date for governorship primaries in Edo and Ondo, INEC has maintained firmness

- The electoral commission told political parties on Wednesday, June 17, that there will be no extension of the date

- INEC's national chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, stressed that the deadline for the submission of names of candidates remains Monday, June 29

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While the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo is struggling with leadership issues ahead of the gubernatorial primary poll, it has been made certain that the date for the exercise will not be extended.

During his meeting with security agents on Wednesday, June 17, in preparation for the governorship election in both Edo and Ondo, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insisted that there will be no extension of date for the primaries, This Day reports.

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Stating clearly that the set date for the polls is Saturday, June 27, Yakubu stressed that the names of elected candidates for all political parties must be forwarded to the commission unfailingly by 6pm of Monday, June 29.

INEC rules out extension of deadline on primaries for Edo election
Mahmood Yakubu and Adams Oshiomhole
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The INEC chairman went on to say that officials of the electoral body will be on ground to monitor the conduct of the polls in the state.

Yakubu said: “The deadline is Saturday, June 27, 2020. I must stress that the date is firm and fixed. There will be no extension of the deadline."

Meanwhile, 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 giving at INEC's first virtual meeting held on Wednesday, June 3, which was convened by Yakubu.

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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.

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