• July 29, 2021

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, INEC Releases Policy Framework For Conducting Elections

Bonita Onyeka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has released a framework for the conduct of elections in Edo and Ondo States, scheduled for September 19 and October 10, 2020, respectively, and four postponed bye-elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Plateau States, while dates for other bye-elections  will be released by the electoral umpire soon.

INEC’s electoral guidelines, which are tailored to protect participants in the electoral process such as electoral officials, voters, observers and party representatives, from the raging COVID-19 pandemic  include: the provision of  infrared thermometers at collation centres, mandatory use of face masks, provision of face masks for all electoral officers, provision of alcohol based sanitizers at polling centres, disinfection of smart card readers after the fingerprint of each vote and the enforcement of physical distancing, alongside optional COVID-19 testing for INEC officials.

The national electoral umpire has promised to conduct its activities during the polls within legal ambits and in line with the guidelines of health authorities such as the national centre for disease control (NCDC).

Agenda Watchdog

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