Ondo Election: No Face Mask, No Voting - Says PTF

Voters in the Ondo state have been told that they might be denied a chance to vote in the governorship election holding in the state tomorrow if they turn up without a face mask. 


National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu who said this during the task force’s media briefing in Abuja on Thursday October 8, said voters, candidates and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be required to follow the anti-COVID-19 guidelines put in place for elections as the country cannot afford having another wave of Coronavirus infection. 


Asides revealing that the materials to be used and the voting environment would be disinfected, Aliyu further revealed that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) would be provided for electoral officers


He said;

“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."

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