In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, July, 2020

NCDC Points New Tips For Conducting Forthcoming Elections Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

NCDC Issues New Guidelines For Conducting Forthcoming Elections Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Dr Chikwe

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

The  Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has launched  new guidelines and tips for conducting the State and Native Authorities elections within the nation in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed over 600 individuals in Nigeria already.

Based on the NCDC, the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), political events, politicians, want to stick strictly with the rules and lead by instance to manage the virus unfold.

The NCDC urged all events and stakeholders in forthcoming elections within the nation to make use of protecting measures, cut back or restrict mass gatherings, promote hand washing hygiene and guarantee bodily distancing of not less than two meters.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-Normal of the NCDC, disclosed this in the course of the briefing of the Presidential Activity Power on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, July 6.

He mentioned, “Right now we’re saying and launching a brand new guideline for the conducting of elections in the course of the covid-19 Outbreak in Nigeria.

“Some states shall be holding state and native authorities elections this yr, being the primary time we’re holding elections of this significance in the course of the pandemic.

“Due to this fact, we’ve got developed these tips to help everybody concerned, political events, INEC, however most critically, Nigerians that shall be going to vote on this troublesome occasions.

 “Voting nonetheless stays a civic duty and despite the fact that we’re in the course of a pandemic, we’ve got to discover a method of doing this safely and we’ve got to adapt to the brand new regular.

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“As we all know, the virus thrives in mass gathering, so there’s a problem that we’ve got in the way in which we’ve got performed our elections  pre-elections, throughout elections and post-elections. So, in doing this guideline, we try to supply recommendation on how to do that safely.”

“We strongly encourage the usage of tv, radios, cell vans, social media and different types of communication as our legislators solicit for votes.

“We advise cautious adherence to mass gatherings tips. Sadly, the virus doesn’t recognise whether or not we’re conducting elections, spiritual gatherings or enterprise settings, it simply thrives when individuals come collectively.

“We have now offered particular tips for this settings and none of them shall be stunning and we’ll be specific about it.

“We actually need to urge our political leaders to take duty and lead by instance; management shall be crucial on this period and we advise them to consider the lives of the electorates first. The citizens staying alive is far more necessary than any vote you possibly can win.”

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