For the second time in less than a week, the date fixed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the Edo State governorship election has clashed with the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The initial date for the poll – September 10 – had clashed with the day no less than 1, 742 candidates sat for Mathematics 1 and 2 – a very compulsory subject – in the state.
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Following calls by Nigeria’s security agencies – DSS and Police – coupled with the agitation by some candidates of the WASSCE, INEC had to reschedule the poll for September 28.
However, there are strong indications that the new date fixed by INEC may be clashing with the day for Alternative to Physics, Food and Nutrition as well as Building and Construction.
Confirming the clash, the Lagos Head of Public Affairs of the West African Examination Council, Demianus Ojijeogu, stated that INEC did not consult the council before fixing a new date.
He also confirmed that the examination will still hold on the same day, since the candidates writing the papers are few.
He said: “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.”