The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has lamented that the COVID-19 pandemic might disenfranchise many voters in the September 19 Governorship election in Edo state.

INEC Head of Voters Education and Publicity, Timidi Wariowei, who expressed this concern in Benin, said the commission had not been able to carry out the continuous voters’ registrar exercise as well as the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card, PVC ahead of the election.

He spoke at a roundtable on the 2020 Edo governorship election organised by Centre for Democracy and Development in Benin with the theme “Issue at stake and their implications on the conduct of credible election”.

Wariowei however, assured the electorate that INEC was fully ready to conduct a credible poll, noting that preparation had begun for the exercise while issue of fund was never the problem. He also announced that 14 political parties met with the deadline for the submission of their candidates.

A participant at the event, Asunogie Nurudeen of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, advised INEC to ensure that a credible, free and fair poll is conducted in Edo state.