Post Election Analysis: 2020 Ondo State Off-Cycle Governorship Election

Introduction

On 10 October 2020 voters in Ondo State went to the polls to elect a
governor in its off cycle governorship election Like the off cycle
governorship election in Edo State on 19 September, the Ondo State
election was remarkable for (a) its widely acclaimed peaceful
conduct; (b) the issue based focus of the campaigns and (c) the
improved and self confident administration and conduct of the
election by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC].

In particular the efficient and timely deployment of election personnel
and materials that enabled the substantially hitch free commencement of the elections and voting process, even in the difficult to access riverine areas of the state.

These dimensions of the election in Ondo State are noteworthy when set against the background of the typical hostile environment of competitive party and electoral politics in Nigeria; characterised by intra party fissures and acrimonious inter party disputes that are both capable of degenerating into violent conflicts before and on election day. But there remains a great deal of improvement to carry out in the management and conduct of election in the country.

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