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By: Ade Adeleke
After several pressure from different quarter, the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) today postponed indefinitely the forthcoming Local Government Elections billed for April 18, 2020 in the 18 council area of the state due to ravaging Coronavirus.
The Chairman of the Commission, Prof Yomi Dinakin announced this in Akure at a news briefing.
A group, Ondo State Political Action Group (OSPAG), had on Monday this week called on the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led Ondo State government and the State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) to postpone with immediate effect the forthcoming Local Government Elections billed for April 18, 2020 to serve as a precautionary measure to forestall the spread of the Coronavirus in the state that has been ravaging almost the entire countries of the world.
The group made this known in a statement after her meeting in Akure where they stressed the need for the state government to tighten all loop holes particularly our motor parks, Churches, Mosques, Schools and most importantly, postpone the Local government election slated to hold on April 18, as measures to proactively safeguard the infiltration of the deadly virus into the state.
But addressing journalists today, Prof. Dinakin said the 10 political parties agreed to the postponement because they could not hold any campaign rallies.
He noted that the political parties argued that they complied with the directives of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ban on political rallies and gatherings.
The ODIEC Chairman said the preparedness of the commission might be jeopardised by unforeseen circumstances during the conduct of the elections, adding that it might be difficult to control crowd on election day.
On a new date for the elections, Prof Dinakin said the commission would monitor state government’s activities and announcements before deciding new date.
He expressed optimism that the federal government would also postpone the implementation of its policy that all local councils in the country must have elected officials by May this year.