The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured electorates in Edo, to conduct a credible, free and fair governorship election, in spite of the inhibitions created by the coronavirus pandemic.
The INEC Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye announced this at an interactive session with heads of media organisations in Benin.
“The INEC has never conducted elections under a pandemic situation. This pandemic had made us evolve new strategies for electoral officials, Adhoc staff, security agencies, voters, and stakeholders.
“We have eliminated human interface with most of the electoral processes including submission of names of candidates by political parties including accreditation of relevant stakeholders and applications by Adhoc staff ahead of the election. We don’t want anybody to jeopardize their health during the exercise as the commission will strive to perfect the electoral process within the ambit of the constitution.
“We also resolved to avoid ugly experiences of the past not to deploy any of our staff and materials without armed security operatives. We have interfaced with heads of security agencies and implored them to ask their personnel to act professionally while on election duty.
“We are also using this medium executive of your various organisations to similarly implore your reporters and cameramen to exercise restraint and as much as possible refrain from an altercation with security operatives while on election duty,” said Okoye