Osagie Otabor, Akure
Over 500,000 doubtless voters in Ondo State could also be disenfranchised within the October 10 governorship election, following the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee’s (INEC’s) resolution to not embark on new registration of voters.
There are over 372, 888 uncollected Everlasting Voter Playing cards (PVCs) within the state, whereas the people who have turned 18 for the reason that final voter registration are stated to be over 200,000.
The electoral physique stated it could not distribute PVCs, perform switch and alternative of misplaced or defaced PVCs due to the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dr. Rufus Akeju, who briefed reporters in Akure, stated the state had 1,822,346 registered voters, with 1,478,470 PVCs collected.
Mentioned he: “For the avoidance of doubt, Part 78(7) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) empowers INEC to de-register events in finishing up this constitutional accountability.
“The fee has de-registered 74 events and is now left with 18 subsisting events within the political area of the nation.
“In accordance with the election timetable launched by INEC for the conduct of governorship election in Ondo State, the conduct of the political get together primaries shall happen between July 2 and 25.
“Pursuant to the above, and in addition as political actions start to collect momentum within the state, I hereby admonish the political actors and gladiators to dwell as much as expectations.
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“Play the sport in response to the dictate of the extant legal guidelines, rules and pointers of their political events to advertise democratic values.”
Akeju urged events to play the sport in response to the dictate of the extant legal guidelines, rules and pointers, to advertise democratic values.
He stated countdown to Ondo governorship election had begun and guaranteed stakeholders of INEC’s non-partisanship.
The REC stated the measure put in place was to mitigate the brand new problem thrown up by COVID-19 pandemic.