The All Progressives Congress has said its primary election slated to hold in Edo State on Monday will be held in strict compliance to the states COVID -19 rules.
The Secretary of APC Governorship Primary Election Committee, Senator Ajibola Basiru, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Sunday.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, who last week dumped the APC to join the Peoples Democratic Party after he was screened out by the party’s screening committee said individuals and organisations must comply with the COVID-19 rules in the state in anything they do.
Many believe the direct primary which the APC vowed to use for the poll will violate the COVID-19 rules but the party has said the gatherings of voters at wards and collation centres would not exceed 18 persons at any given time.
The committee’s statement read, “The process of election of the candidate of the party shall commence at 8.00 am on Monday 22nd June 2020 at the various wards in all the local government areas with strict compliance with Edo State’s extant law prohibiting gathering of more than twenty persons.
“Not more than eighteen persons including presiding officers and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) observers shall be at ward voting centre at any point in time.
“There shall be simultaneous accreditation and voting in batches as aforesaid until all eligible members have cast their votes without violation of the state’s COVID-19 regulations.
“Not more than eighteen persons shall be in attendance for the announcement of results at all ward centres and collation of results at all levels including the state collation.”
The party enjoined its members and the public to be peaceful and comply fully with the state’s COVID-19 regulations.