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Ondo guber: We’re ready despite pandemic —INEC

By Adekola Afolabi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo state said there was no going back on October 10 slated for the conduct of the governorship election in the state.
The electoral body had on February released guidelines for the conduct of the gubernatorial election.
But with the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, forcing people to maintain physical and social distancing, among other precautionary measures, many political analysts and the gladiators have thought the fixed date would be changed.
Speaking yesterday on a state-owned radio station, the INEC PRO in Ondo state, Babalola Lebile, revealed that the commission would not change the October 10, already fixed for the conduct of the gubernatorial election.
The INEC spokesman who expressed the readiness of the commission to conduct free, fair, credible and widely acceptable election come October 10 this year, however, noted that the election would be held in line with the protocols for COVID-19 prevention.
According to him, prospective voters must wear the compulsory nose masks, wash their hands with running water and observe certain distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
He explained that the conduct of the poll is in line with the Constitution and the Electoral Laws which allow the conduct of governorship election between 150 and 30 days before the end of the tenure of the incumbent governor.
He, however, said further details for the conduct of the poll would soon be released which would also accommodate those who just attain the age of 18 and above, among other details.

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