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Edo, Ondo Guber Elections: APC, PDP Fix Dates for Primaries

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold their governorship primary elections in Edo and Ondo States between June and July, 2020.

This came as the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC said it would adhere to its timetable despite the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Festus Okoye in a statement on Tuesday night said the commission had met earlier in the day and pondered on a wide extend of issues including the conduct of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, as well as the nine pending bye-elections in different parts of the country.

He said; “The Commission pondered broadly on a Policy Framework that will direct its operations, exercises and engagements with critical stakeholders in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its effects on the electoral process in Nigeria. Based on this, the Commission will on Thursday 21st May 2020 issue a Policy Framework for engagement with stakeholders, the conduct of the two closes of residency governorship elections, outstanding bye-elections and future appointive activities.

INEC had in February, scheduled to conduct the Edo and Ondo governorship elections on 19th September and 10th October 2020.

According to the statements issued by the two parties, the primaries will hold between June and July, 2020.