The Independent National Electoral Commission says the candidates participating in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State will sign a peace accord on Tuesday.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday.

Mahmood also said about 17,000 ad hoc staff would be recruited for the election, noting that the PTF guidelines and safety measures would be strictly obeyed as the commission was going to operate a ‘no face mask, no voting policy’ at the poll.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the electoral umpire released a list of 14 political parties and candidates that would contest the election.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party; and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress are major contenders in the election.

Worried about the recent spate of violence in the state amid the ongoing electioneering, the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, held a peace meeting with the two candidates last week.

When asked to give his assurances that there would be no violence in the state, the INEC boss, said, “I can only assure you of the efforts that we are making to ensure there is no violence.