Fresh fears over Edo election •Again, new election day clashes with WAEC exam •Parents putting pressure on corps members not to participate—REC

Professor Mamood Yakubu, INEC Chairman

A fresh crisis appears to have engulfed the rescheduled Edo State governorship election, as it has been discovered that the day clashes with the conduct of Physics practical, Food  and Nutrition  (1 and 2) and two other papers in the ongoing November/December, 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.

This came just as National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) members, who are expected to serve as INEC ad hoc staff for the election, are said to be dragging their feet following pressure allegedly being mounted on their parents not to allow them participate in the election.

The September 10 date earlier fixed for the conduct of the election had clashed with Mathematics papers in the examinations before the election was postponed for security reasons.

Some of the candidates, who spoke with Sunday Tribune shortly after writing their Mathematics papers on Saturday, expressed discomfort with another clash between their Physics practical examination and the September 28 date fixed for the election.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Sam Olumekun, told Sunday Tribune that the threat from the parents of the corps members over the safety of their children was the biggest fresh challenge facing the conduct of the election on September 28.

He, however, expressed the optimism that the fear would have melted before the day of the election.

When reacting to an allegation suggesting that there were plans to replace the names of corps members who will be involved in the election, Olumekun said, “The problem we are having now is psychological; their parents are asking them not to participate.

“That is the problem we are having now. We believe the fear in their minds would have disappeared by then.

Meanwhile, GCE candidates writing their papers in Edo State have expressed delight that they were not made to travel outside the state to write their papers.

Some of the examination centres visited were Western Boys High School and Oredo Girls Secondary School in Benin.

When Sunday Tribune visited the centres, the candidates were writing the General Mathematics (Core) 1.