- Ahead of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, INEC has announced some COVID-19 safety measures for the polls
- The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said without a face mask no one will be allowed to vote
- Yakubu also revealed that the commission would deploy 3000 infrared thermometers to Edo state
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Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has reiterated that without face masks, no voter will be allowed to vote during the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.
Yakubu made the disclosure during his first appearance at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, on Thursday, September 10, The Sun reports.
“It is mandatory for every voter to wear a face mask or face covering without which the voter would not be allowed to vote,” he said.
The INEC chairman speaking on the preparations for the governorship elections revealed that the commission will be deploying 3,000 infrared donated by the PTF on COVID-19.
According to him, the thermometers will cover about 3,000 voting areas for the September 19 Edo gubernatorial elections in the state.
He went on to note that INEC has developed a policy on COVID-19 protocols to guide voters and electoral officials during elections.
Yakubu while explaining that voters must avoid touching surfaces or leaning on walls at polling units, added that a 10-point voters code of conduct has been produced by INEC for voter education.
This development is coming after INEC expressed concern over comments made by politicians that could stir violence and diminish the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, INEC's chief press secretary, made the statement on Sunday, September 6, at a webinar organized by the International press centre.
According to Oyekanmi, the commission is deeply concerned as there have been loud drumbeats of accusations and counter-accusations coming from political actors.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that with less than four weeks to the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, INEC office in Akure caught fire.
INEC through a statement on its Twitter page said that the fire broke out on the evening of Thursday, September 10, at its Ondo state head office in Akure.
The statement indicated that the inferno, which gutted the container housing Smart Card Readers, started around 7:30 pm, adding that men of the Fire Service are containing the fire.
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