INEC unfolds framework for elections during coronavirus


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has unfolded policy framework for conducting elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commission has scheduled governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states for September 19 and October 10, 2020. The commission also fixed other dates for four postponed bye-elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Plateau States. INEC indicated that dates for other bye-elections during the COVID-19 pandemic would be announced by soon.

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

The commission indicated that the guidelines for voters 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 assured it will enforce physical distancing while voluntary COVID-19 testing will be made available for INEC Staff.

INEC also said it will evaluate all electoral activities to conform with the COVID-19 guidelines, update and track performance over time, while engaging stakeholders in strategic consultation.