COVID-19 : INEC releases framework for conducting elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Sunday announced the  release of a framework for the conduct of elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The elections at hand are the governorship polls in Edo and Ondo States, scheduled to  hold on September the 19th and October the 10th this year.

Asides the governorship polls, the electoral Commission has also fixed dates for the four postponed bye-elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Plateau States while other bye-elections due during the COVID-19 pandemic will be announced by the commission soon.

Part of the guidelines for voters will 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 voter is read.

INEC says it will also ensure the enforcement of physical distancing while voluntary COVID-19 testing will be made available for INEC Staff.

On the part of the agency itself, INEC says it will evaluate of all electoral activities to conform with the COVID-19 guidelines, update and track performance over time, while also engaging stakeholders in strategic consultation

The policy framework is geared at enabling INEC officials officials to understand and respond adequately to the challenges of conducting elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here, to access the policy framework

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