Moses Emorinken, Abuja
The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has issued a brand new guideline for safely conducting State and Native Authorities elections within the nation, particularly because the COVID-19 pandemic threatens.
It due to this fact urged the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), political events, politicians, and election displays to put a premium on the lives of electorates by adhering strictly with the rule of thumb and keep in mind that the lethal virus thrives in mass gatherings.
The federal government due to this fact inspired all to adjust to protecting measures – limiting mass gatherings, guaranteeing bodily distancing of a minimum of two meters, selling hand hygiene and a compulsory use of face masks.
The Director-Normal of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this through the briefing of the Presidential Activity Pressure on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.
He mentioned, “At this time we’re asserting and launching a brand new guideline for the conducting of elections through the covid-19 Outbreak in Nigeria.
“Some states can be holding state and native authorities elections this yr, being the primary time we’re holding elections of this significance through the pandemic.
“Due to this fact, we’ve developed these pointers to help everybody concerned – political events, INEC, however most critically, Nigerians that can be going to vote on this troublesome occasions.
“Voting nonetheless stays a civic duty and though we’re in the course of a pandemic, we’ve to discover a method of doing this safely and we’ve to adapt to the brand new regular.
“As we all know, the virus thrives in mass gathering, so there’s a problem that we’ve in the way in which we’ve carried out 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.”
The NCDC boss added: “We strongly encourage using tv, radios, cell vans, social media and different types of communication as our legislators solicit for votes.
“We advise cautious adherence to mass gatherings pointers. Sadly, the virus doesn’t recognise whether or not we’re conducting elections, non secular gatherings or enterprise settings – it simply thrives when individuals come collectively.
“We now have supplied particular pointers for this settings and none of them can be stunning and we’ll be specific about it.
“We actually wish to urge our political leaders to take duty and lead by instance; management can be vital on this period and we advise them to think about the lives of the electorates first. The voters staying alive is rather more vital than any vote you may win.”