INEC Threatens To Suspend Edo, Ondo Elections If Violence Persists

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will suspend the Edo and Ondo governorship elections if there is a continuous breakdown of law and order.

The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement on the commission’s Twitter handle on Thursday.

Mr Okoye said the commission had observed with deep concern, the escalating levels of violent actions and incendiary statements by political parties and their supporters ahead of the elections.

“These actions include the destruction of opponents’ campaign materials such as billboards, violent campaigns, and the use of offensive language.

“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 commission will not shirk its responsibility to enforce the rules of the game.

“Consequently, parties and candidates must, on no account, underestimate the resolve of the commission to enforce the rules and regulations and apply appropriate sanctions against those who choose to break them”, he added.

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