INEC, PTF Working Out Joint Protocols For Elections

Moses Ofodeme

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are jointly working out the necessary guidelines and protocols for the forthcoming elections in Nigeria.

Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman PTF on COVID-19, made this known on Monday, August 3, in Abuja.

Mustapha said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.

“This is just as the PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for elections in some parts of the country.

“The elections will begin with the Aug. 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo State elections in September and October respectively

“I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders; aspirants, members, and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering and other election processes.

“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”

He also stated that the PTF and INEC would continue to push forward with the community engagement, risk communication, and support to the states.

“There is an ongoing surveillance in the high-burden local government areas; just as we ramp up our precision efforts.”

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“Similarly, the Federal Government is supporting the states to firm up their Incidence Action Plans; preparatory to their accessing the World Bank facility for the fight against COVID-19,” Mustapha said.

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