The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reversed its earlier threat to suspend the September 19 governorship election in Edo State over threats of violence.
The INEC National Commissioner for Information and Chairman of Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, disclosed this during a television programme on Wednesday.
Okoye noted that the decision to suspend the Edo election would bring about a constitutional crisis in the country. He, however, assured Nigerians that the election will be conducted, adding that the electoral body would fulfil its core objective.
“INEC is progressively moving ahead with the September 19 Edo State governorship election. There are fourteen items for the election and nine of them have been implemented and none sensitive materials have been deployed. We are proceeding with the election as planned.
“The political parties on their own are complying with the commission’s warning on violence and we have also observed a change from the threats of violence. So, we are moving ahead with the election,” Okoye stated.