Again, new Edo poll date clashes with WASSCE

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Folashade Adebayo

Again, 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,
findings by our
correspondent has shown.
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, who spoke to our correspondent,
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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