Friday, 16 September 2016

New Edo election date clashes with WAEC

The new date fixed by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the governorship poll in Edo State has clashed with the ongoing November/December West African Senior School Certificate Examination.


INEC last week rescheduled the poll for October 28, a day that candidates are to sit for Alternative to Physics, Food and Nutrition as well as Building and Construction.

The poll, initially fixed for September 10, clashed with the day no less than 1, 742 candidates sat for Mathematics 1 and 2 in the state.

The Lagos Head of Public Affairs of the West African Examination Council, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu confirmed the clash.

Ojijeogu, however, said that the council would still hold examinations on the new date.

Ojijeogu, who explained that a few number of candidates would sit for the examinations, noted that the electoral body did not consult with the council before fixing the new date.

He added, “We were not consulted before the new date was fixed. I do not know why. But candidates will sit for the examination in Edo State because their population is small. Only candidates who missed the first examination would sit for the Alternative to Physics. Both Food and Nutrition and Building and Construction are not general courses. So, only a few candidates will sit for the papers. It is a workday but the government will declare it work-free.”
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