The president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said voters who did not wear their masks for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo will be prevented from voting.
Yakubu made the announcement at the COVID-19 briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) in Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, this is a measure of the Commission to ensure the security of voters during the elections in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is mandatory for every voter to wear a mask or face protector, without which the voter is not allowed to vote,” Yakubu said.
Yakubu also said that non-pharmaceutical measures such as a physical distance of about two meters are used, while hand sanitizers will also be used.
The INEC boss warned voters not to touch surfaces or lean against the walls of polling stations, as this is prohibited.
He also explained that the Commission had produced a video with ten points on the behavior of voters, which was distributed in both states.
Regarding electronic voting, the head of INEC declared that the Commission could not use this system now that the laws do not allow it.
However, he explained that electronic voting would be used in the Anambra elections in 2021 because the law allows electronic voting and not electronic voting.
Meanwhile, the INEC president also announced that PTF had donated an additional 3,000 thermometers to INEC, in addition to the 1,000 thermometers previously donated and used for the elections in Edo and Ondo.