The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to suspend Edo and Ondo governorship elections if a breakdown of law and order occurred.
INEC Commissioner for Information announced, Festus Okoye, who spoke today, August 6 in Abuja, the nation’s capital after a meeting with stakeholders, said that the Commission is concerned about aggressive actions and incendiary statements by political parties, candidates and their supporters.
He condemned the destruction of opponents’ campaign materials, violent campaigns and use of offensive language, warning that the commission will view gravely any disruptive actions by political actors.
“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 its resolve to enforce the rules and apply appropriate sanctions, reminding parties that Edo and Ondo polls would hold at a time of a global pandemic.
Okoye said that the elections have strict constitutional timelines and threats of or actual violence can disrupt the process and create a constitutional crisis.
He said that INEC will continue to engage stakeholders in the two states on the need for free, fair, safe and peaceful elections.