INEC WARNS OF IMPENDING VIOLENCE AHEAD OF EDO AND ONDO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS
By Joy Odor
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged security agencies to be wary of impending violence ahead of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, and be proactive.
The Commission said the violence may ensue from acrimonious primaries by political parties.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who had expressed the commission’s fears at a virtual meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), regretted that resentment from primaries is usually carried forward into the electioneering campaigns and Election Day activities.
On conducting elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the INEC boss observed that the pandemic would greatly impact on the planning and deployment strategy for the conduct of elections.
According to him, the commission’s new policy on conducting elections under the current global pandemic is anchored on the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) based on the advisory by health authorities.