COVID-19: INEC to redesign polling units to comply with coronavirus regulations

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COVID-19: INEC to redesign polling units to comply with coronavirus regulations

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that Polling Units shall be redesigned by the commission to ensure substantial compliance with the COVID-19 protocols established by health authorities.

INEC noted that, among other things, the redesign would emphasise on social distancing, general hygienic conduct and enforcement of COVID-19 prevention protocols.

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The commission disclosed this in a ‘Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic’ signed by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, released on Monday.

The INEC chairman noted that on Election Day, the use of face masks shall be mandatory at Polling Units (PUs) and all election locations, stating that any voter without a face mask shall be turned away from the Polling Unit.

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“However, the Assistant Presiding Officer (APO) II in checking the Register of Voters may request removal of the mask to prevent voter impersonation.

There shall be a two-tier queuing system at the Polling Unit – one outside and the other in the voting area. Voters will be brought into the voting area periodically to prevent overcrowding.

“Tags and twines may be used to ensure crowd control and maintenance of social distance.

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