The Independent National Electoral Commission has warned political parties against using violence but “there are other creative and innovative ways of earning a living other than through violence.” describing the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10, 2020, respectively as a learning curve under the COVID-19 pandemic.
Festus Okoye, The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, stated these in an interview with The PUNCH.
He (Festus Okoye} said, “Over 70 countries postponed elections on account of the pandemic. But given Nigeria’s constitutional and electoral circumstances, we considered it imperative to proceed with the elections. We have deepened the use of technology in both elections and we are putting in measures that will guarantee additional transparency in results collation.
“We enjoin political parties and candidates to see this period as a transitional electoral curve that demands fidelity from all critical stakeholders. Political parties and the candidates must devise other means and avenues of engaging their supporters other than the use of violence. Certainly, there are other creative and innovative ways of earning a living other than through violence.”