Voters in Ondo state were told that if they show up without a face mask, they could be denied a chance to vote in the state’s governorship election tomorrow if they make an appearance without a face mask.
During the media briefing of the task force in Abuja on Thursday October 8, the national coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said that voters, candidates and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) will be expected to follow the anti-COVID-19 guidelines placed in place for elections because the country can not afford to have another phase of coronavirus infection.
In addition to disclosing that the items to be used and the voting area would be disinfected, Aliyu also announced that electoral officers would be provided with personal protective equipment ( PPE).
“As we all know, we will hold the governorship election across 18 local governments. We are expecting about 1.5 million eligible people to vote in 3,000 polling units across the state. “This is clearly a huge exercise. It’s a huge exercise that will also come with risks. Therefore, in order to protect the voters, election officials and candidates in the electoral process, we urge everyone to comply with the INEC guidelines. “Face masks are mandatory across the polling units. No face mask, no voting. Physical distancing must be enforced, especially in queuing at polling units. Alcohol-based sanitisers will be provided. Election will begin at 8:30am, to close at 2:30pm, but anybody on the outer queue by 2:30pm will still be allowed to vote. There will be two queues; an outer queue and an inner queue.”