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INEC delivers non-sensitive materials for Ondo election

With a month to Ondo State guber poll, all non-sensitive materials for the election have been delivered to the 18 council areas in the state.

The sensitive materials including the ballot paper and results sheets will, however, be deployed a week to the election date.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye gave the hint at a forum for media executives in Akure.

He said the development was indicative of INEC’s preparedness for a well-conducted election.

Mr Okoye further explained the pandemic threw up the opportunity for the electoral body to deploy technology in the 2020 electoral processes.

The INEC National Commissioner also revealed that while elections were cancelled in more than 70 countries due to COVID-19, INEC had been proactive to ensure that end of tenure elections were held as stipulated in the constitution.

Mr Okoye appealed for media support in the areas of sensitization with a pledge that INEC would ensure the good working relationship with the media.

He, however, charged the media to expose desperate and selfish politicians bent on undermining INEC thereby truncating the nation’s democratic process.

In a remark, Director, Voter Education, Mr Nick Dazang disclosed that INEC already evolved a policy of conducting an election under COVID-19 while Deputy Director, Publicity, Mr Andy Ezeani said wearing of facemasks was compulsory at polling units.

Representatives of media who spoke on the occasion charged INEC to always include the media in its planning for elections.

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