We won’t shift Edo governorship election, says INEC

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has ruled out the possibility of postponing Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State

Addressing stakeholders in Benin City on Wednesday on the level of preparations so far made by the commission, Yakubu said INEC is ready for the election.

There have been concerns regarding whether the election would go ahead as scheduled but the INEC boss said the election will go on even though the West African Senior School Certificate Examination was also scheduled to hold on the same day.

Apart from the problem of collision with the examination calendar of the West Africa Examination Council, there have been security fears prompting the leadership of the Directorate of State Security Service DSS and the Nigeria Police Force to seek postponement.

The two security agencies hinged their call on what they termed planned attacks by some unnamed militant on the state.

But Yakubu assured that necessary measures for a hitch-free exercise have been put in place by the commission.

But the national commissioner, who spoke through the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, said INEC had given adequate notification on the date for the election prior to the date fixed for the examinations.

“It is important to draw your attention to the fact that INEC gave notice of this election on March 2, 2016. There was no registration for WASSCE candidates as of that time.”

The INEC boss noted that the commission had held a robust discussion with the examination body and security agencies on the issue, where it was agreed that the examination should be moved to Ondo and Delta states, as holding it simultaneously may create security challenges.

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