BY OLUMIDE ABUDU

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says the conduct of the Ondo State Governorship elections despite COVID-19 pandemic is in line with the provision of the Constitution.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye gave the indication at a workshop for journalists in Ondo State on Election Processes and Procedures in Akure ahead of the October 10 Governorship election in the state.

Mr Okoye while charging journalists on the need to be mindful of their reportage of events as they unfold noted that the society relied on what they read or hear on the election from media outfits.

The INEC National Commissioner maintained that the commission had put in place mechanism to ensure a hitch free election in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

Mr Okoye noted that INEC would engage over seventeen ad hoc staff for the conduct of the governorship election in Ondo State.

He emphasized that the commission would not deploy any innovation it could not guarantee in the conduct of the election.

Mr Okoye urged media organisations to avoid broadcast that could truncate peaceful conduct of the poll.

In an opening remark, INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Nick Dazang said there are lots of innovations and technology being adopted by the commission in line with international best practices.

In a contribution, NUJ Chairman, Ondo State Council, Comrade Tona Aderoboye called for timely release of information necessary for the conduct of the election.

The workshop was attended by journalists based in Ondo state.

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