INEC says Edo, Ondo polls may be suspended if violence becomes unbearable

INEC says Edo, Ondo polls may be suspended if violence becomes unbearable

- INEC has said it will suspend the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states if there is widespread violence in the course of the polls

- Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee made the disclosure

- Okoye, however, stated that electoral commission is determined to conduct the elections in Edo and Ondo states

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will suspend the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo state if the violence recorded in the course of the polls become unbearable.

Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee made the disclosure when he appeared on a programme on Channels TV on Sunday, August 9.

INEC says Edo, Ondo polls may be suspended if violence becomes unbearable

INEC has disclosed that it will suspend the electoral exercises in Edo and Ondo state if there is widespread violence. Photo credits: Guardian.ng
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He stated that the electoral commission is determined to conduct elections in Edo and Ondo states, but may pull out of the electoral exercises due to violence.

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Okoye expressed concerns over the conduct of some political parties ahead of the polls.

He said having monitored the situation, the electoral commission would work closely with security agencies to make sure that elections in Edo and Ondo safe for the electorates.

He however pointed out that there is a level of violence that may force the commission to suspend the electoral proceedings.

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Type of violence I’m talking about and the type of issues that will lead us not to proceed with the election must be so serious that no regulatory agency or no regulatory commission will move into such a place to go and conduct election when it is completely unsafe to conduct the election," he said.

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Meanwhile, Nathaniel Adojutelegan, an aggrieved gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the Federal High Court in Abuja to restrain Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu from further parading himself as the candidate of the party in Ondo.

Adojutelegan urged the court to void the outcome of the party’s governorship primary in which Akeredolu emerged victorious, The Nation reported.

Calling for a fresh primary, the APC aspirant alleged that the earlier election was conducted in violation of the Electoral Act, APC’s constitution and the party’s electoral guidelines.

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