The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu has issued a warning to the commission’s staff not to meddle with the upcoming governorship election in Edo State.
Yakubu disclosed this while inspecting the election materials on Thursday 27th August, 2020 in Ego, Ikpoba and Oredo Local Government Areas of the state.
Yakubu who also stressed that the electorate must wear face mask to the venue of the election, added that the commission is expecting about three thousand (3,000) infrared thermometers from the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 to be dispatched to all the voting points across the state as well as the collation centres.
He added that in addition to face masking which is compulsory to electorates, the use of hand sanitizers which the commission has already made provisions for will be made available at all the voting points and collation centres.
In his words, “in our own, we have made provisions for 192 wards and collation centres and when the PTF is able to avail us, we would extend it to the collation centres in the 18 Local Government Areas of the state and the state collation centres.”
Yakubu who also cautioned his staff on the need to manage the polling units following the guide lines of the PTF on COVID – 19 by observing social distancing of the cubicles to be used and the electorates since accreditation and voting will commence simultaneously.
He advised the staff of the commission to show a high sense of professionalism and be neutral while discharging their duties during the exercise.
Similarly, Johnson Alalibo Sinikiem, the Edo state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) has expressed the readiness of the commission in the state to handle the upcoming. He also said the training Electoral Officers (EOs) and Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) has been concluded.
It could be recalled that the Edo State governorship election has been scheduled for September 19th, 2020.