The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to suspend Edo and Ondo governorship elections if a breakdown of law and order occurs.
The INEC Commissioner for Information, Festus Okoye announced this on Thursday in Abuja after a meeting with stakeholders.
According to INEC, the Commission was concerned about aggressive actions and incendiary statements by political parties, candidates and their supporters.
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Okoye condemned the violent campaigns, use of offensive language, and destruction of opponents’ campaign materials .
“It is important for political parties, candidates and their supporters to keep in mind that there are extant laws and regulations that must be adhered to during campaigns.”
The electoral body warned politicians not to underestimate the commission's resolve to enforce the rules and apply appropriate sanctions.
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Furthermore, Okoye reminded parties that Edo and Ondo polls would hold at a time of a global pandemic. He noted that the elections have strict constitutional timelines and threats of or actual violence can disrupt the process and create a constitutional crisis.
He hinted that INEC will continue to engage stakeholders in the two states on the need for free, fair, safe and peaceful elections. Okoye warned that the commission will view gravely any disruptive actions by political actors.