Ondo Election INEC says no going back on Saturday's polls

INEC said there is no going back on the election as the Commission has gone far in preparing for the polls.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will not postpone the November 26 Ondo State governorship election.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this to newsmen while responding to calls by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other registered political parties that the election should be postponed.

Oyekanmi said that INEC has already gone far with preparations and there is no occurrence that would warrant the commission to shift the Saturday election.

He said: "INEC has no plan and does not intend to postpone the election.

"Preparations for the Ondo Governorship election started since March and 12 out of 14 activities planned for the poll have already been carried out.

"Besides, the grounds for postponing any election are enshrined in the Electoral Law and certainly, such calls for postponement is not one of the grounds.

"The 13th activity which is the Stakeholders’ Forum will hold on Tuesday in Akure, Ondo State. The Commission therefore will not postpone the election."

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The PDP had called on INEC to postpone the election, pending the determination of the suit involving its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, which is before the Supreme Court.

A total of 20 other political parties also called on INEC to postpone the election at a news conference in Abuja on Monday.

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