In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 12th, June, 2020

INEC Chairman Reveals Dangerous Factor That Will Occur If Edo, Ondo Polls Are Disrupted

INEC Chairman Reveals Bad Thing That Will Happen If Edo, Ondo Polls Are Disrupted




A stern warning to politicians forward of the governorship elections in Ondo and Edo states has been issued by Chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.


Recall that governorship elections are scheduled to happen in Ondo and Edo on October 20 and September 19, respectively.


Prof. Yakubu boss, who spoke at a digital occasion on Democracy and Elections in West Africa organised by the Centre for Strategic and Worldwide Research (CSIS), Washington DC in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Growth (CDD), mentioned INEC is dedicated to making sure free, truthful and credible elections.


The occasion sought to carry to the limelight, the way forward for democracy within the West African area.


INEC chairman mentioned the place an election is disrupted, the fee won’t make a declaration on the end result as a result of lack of adherence to guiding guidelines of the election.

“The place the election is disrupted and the fee can not vouch for the integrity of the method, we won’t go forward to make any declaration.”


Noting that political events have been duly famous on this, Yakubu mentioned: “You (political events, politicians and voters) both behave for the elections to be concluded in a free and truthful method or we do what the regulation says.”


Yakubu mentioned there will probably be no level making a declaration in such scenario as a result of the fee won’t endorse fraud or operate exterior the minimal normal set for the conduct of credible elections anyplace.

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“Whereas elections are disrupted, we should always look far past the electoral fee. I believe you set your fingers on the issue, on the political class and the safety challenges. And that’s the reason we have now been partaking with them.

“Yesterday, I had a gathering with the nationwide safety adviser, we’re assembly with all the safety companies. However what pro-active measure is the fee going to take to make sure that if there’s a replay of what occurred in Bayelsa and Kogi, we are going to shield the integrity of the method,” he added.


Addressing challenges the fee may face in conducting an election in a Coronavirus pandemic interval, he mentioned Nigeria with 10 bye-elections and over 6.2 million voters was decided to make sure democracy will not be truncated.


“Our electoral and democratic course of can’t be suspended on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.”


He mentioned correct measures have been put in place to comprise the attainable unfold of COVID-19 amongst voters and officers.


Itemizing a number of the measures, the INEC Chairman mentioned, machines used for voter authentication will probably be disinfected, using face masks and a two-meter (six toes) bodily distance between voters will probably be enforced whereas infrared thermometers will probably be supplied in voting and collation areas.


He mentioned satisfactory safety through the course of will probably be put in place whereas officers collaborating within the conduct of the election will probably be correctly educated in step with advisories and guideline listed by the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).

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