INEC says coronavirus won’t stop Edo, Ondo governorship elections [ARTICLE]

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In February 2020, the commission scheduled elections for the Edo government on September 19 and elections for the Ondo government on October 10.

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There are also nine other pending elections scheduled to take place in different parts of the country.

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However, COVID-19 has already infected more than 5 million people worldwide and has undermined social and economic activities worldwide.

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Although more than 6,000 people were infected in Nigeria with almost 200 dead, on May 18, INEC announced in a statement on Tuesday, May 19, that it is determined to conduct the elections safely.

"We assure Nigerians our determination and determination to provide the guidance, innovation and leadership needed to hold elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The commission is committed to fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to hold elections, but without compromising the health and well-being of citizens, interested parties or its valuable employees." the statement said.

The commission spokesman, Festus Okoye, said the authorities met on Tuesday to deliberate extensively on a political framework to guide their operations, activities and engagement with critical stakeholders in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the country's electoral process.

He said the commission will issue on Thursday, May 21, a political framework for stakeholder engagement, the conduct of already scheduled elections and future electoral activities.

Okoye said that INEC will accelerate consultations and commitments with political parties, civil society organizations, security agencies and health officials as soon as its political structure is finalized this week.

Nigeria has reported coronavirus cases in 34 states, including Edo and Ondo, and in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

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