INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC) has mandated the use of face masks for individuals before they can exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections in Edo and Ondo states.
This is part of measures by INEC to ensure the safety of voters ahead of the Edo, and Ondo governorship polls amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, yesterday.
According to him, to ensure physical distance during the elections INEC is introducing two queues in the polling areas.
“It is mandatory for every voter to wear a face mask or face covering without which the voter would not be allowed to vote. Within the inner queue, voters must maintain the mandatory two-meter or six feet distance and we clearly marked this in one of the by-elections we conducted recently. Voters must also avoid touching surfaces or leaning on walls,” he said.
Yakubu also said voters who have a high temperature, cough, or are sneezing must obey all directions from officials to stop other voters from getting infected.
“In case of emergencies, INEC also has a “procedure for evacuation” and will be collaborating with health officials in the different states. In Edo State, for instance, we are working with the State Response team,” he explained.
The Edo Governorship election will take place September 19 while that of Ondo State is billed for the October10.