Electoral Body to issue Policy Framework for Edo, Ondo polls

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will on Thursday, issue a policy framework for engagement with Stakeholders, on the conduct of Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.

The framework will also cover outstanding bye elections and future electoral activities.

According to a statement that was signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Kiyamo, the commission met on Tuesday, and deliberated on a policy framework that would guide its operations, activities and engagements with stakeholders in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impacts on the electoral process in Nigeria.

It says the commission reiterated its commitment to conduct the Edo and Ondo governorship elections on 19th September and 10th October 2020, as contained in the time table and schedule of activities released on the 6th of February, 2020.

“We reassure Nigerians of our resolve and determination to provide the requisite guidance innovation and leadership in conducting elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The commission is committed to fulfilling its constitutional responsibility of conducting elections but without jeopardising the health and wellbeing of citizens, stakeholders or its valued staff.

“The commission will accelerate consultations and engagements with political parties, civil society organisations, security agencies and health authorities as soon as its policy Framework is finalised this week,” the statement added.

 

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