Edo election: WAEC moves to avoid clash; to send INEC, others future timetable
The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has disclosed that it will
send the timetable of its examinations to the Independent National
Electoral Commission and other agencies in order to prevent a clash
of schedules in the future.
The Public Relations Officer, WAEC, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu, spoke in
reaction to the clash in the dates of the Edo governorship poll and the
November/December West African Senior School Certificate
Examination, in which the candidates are expected to sit for
Mathematics 1 and 2.
WAEC had fixed the poll for September 10, and later asked candidates
to relocate to neighbouring Delta and Ondo states due to the
Denying that INEC fixed the date for the election before WAEC came
out with its timetable, the official told The Punch that, “It is not
true that we fixed our timetable after INEC announced the date for
the governorship election. Our timetable was ready since last year
and that of 2017 examination is ready.”
“So, the report is not true. But, this a big lesson for us.
Subsequently, we are going to forward our timetable to INEC and
other relevant agencies.
“We expect that there will be by-elections and reruns so we will send
the timetable to them so that we can be on the same page. We also
expect them to do the same with us.
“But, for now, we are heeding the advice of the INEC to relocate the
candidates to neighbouring states and we have secured centres in
Delta and Ondo states for that purpose.”