- INEC has set certain rules for voting during the Edo and Ondo gubernatorial polls
- The electoral body said that wearing of face masks will be compulsory for all voters
- The commission gave this directive during its first virtual meeting held on Wednesday, June 3
- INEC also made it plain that there will be no use of face masks branded by political parties
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set some parameters that will be used during voting exercises at the forthcoming Ondo and Edo gubernatorial elections.
The conditions were giving at INEC's first virtual meeting held on Wednesday, June 3, which was convened by its national chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu.
Speaking at the meeting, INEC's national commissioner, Okechukwu Ibeanu, made it plain that there must be compulsory wearing of face masks by all voters.
Ibeanu stated that anyone who refuses to wear or is found without a face mask at polling units will be asked to leave the place.
Added to this, the national commissioner said that no face branded by any political party will be accepted during voting.
He went on to say that the electoral body cannot at this time bear the cost of providing face masks for voters.
Ibeanu stated: “INEC cannot provide these face masks; it is a major part of the challenge of cost, and I think it is not fit for INEC to be handing out masks.
“If we were to provide these masks for the registered voters in the elections that are about to come up, we are talking about 6.4 million voters."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Yakubu had said that despite the coronavirus, electoral processes would go on in the country.
Yakubu projected this position during the first virtual consultative meeting with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) held on Tuesday, June 2.
The INEC boss stated that halting elections in the nation as a result of the virus is much like truncating democracy.
He said that going by the fact that some international bodies have issued general policy directions that back democracy around the world and guidelines given by health bodies on how institutions can protect their staff members while they serve the public's interest, the commencement of democratic processes in the country is necessary.
Coronavirus: Bishop Oyedepo wants churches to open if markets can; do you agree? | Legit TV