The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not compromise its integrity in the conduct of the Edo governorship election billed for Sept. 19, in spite of the inhibitions created by the COVID-19.
INEC’s national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, made the promise at an interactive session with heads of media organisations in Benin.
“INEC has never conducted elections under a pandemic situation.
“This pandemic has made us evolve new strategies for electoral officials, Adhoc staff, security agencies, voters and stakeholders.
“Ahead of the election, we have eliminated human interface with most of the electoral processes including submission of names of candidates by political parties, accreditation of relevant stakeholders, and applications by adhoc staff.
“We don’t want anybody to jeopardise their health during the exercise, as the commission will strive to perfect the electoral process within the ambit of the constitution.
“We have also resolved to avoid ugly experiences of the past not to deploy any of our staff and materials without armed security operatives.
“We have interfaced with heads of security agencies and implored them to ensure that their personnel act professionally while on election duty.
The commissioner, who assured the electorate of a credible, free and fair governorship election, called for synergy between INEC and the media on information dissemination.