The decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to reopen activities in Ondo and Edo states in preparation for the governorship elections in both states has been generating mixed reactions from Nigerians.
Some residents of Akure said the decision of the electoral umpire would be counter productive as the country is currently battling COVID-19.
Following the lockdown order by President muhammadu buhari in his broadcast to the nation, the independent national electoral commission had suspended all activities and shut its Abuja headquarters to check the spread of corona virus.
However, few days ago, the electoral empire announced the reopening of its offices in Ondo and Edo states in preparation for the governorship election slated for September in Edo and October in Ondo.
It also directed its staff to work three days a week Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am and 2pm in readiness for the elections with strict adherence to covid-19 protocols.
During a visit to INEC headquarters in akure by ORANGE FM only a few members of staff were seen within the premises of the commission.
Some residents said conducting an election at this particular time would be abused by the citizens as government’s restriction order would be greatly violated.
An election observer Mrs Florence Ajih said holding the election in the midst of covid 19 global health challenge may lead to community spreading.
Barring any last minute changes, the governorship election in Ondo state will hold on 10th October while that of Edo state will hold on 19th September