Nigeria: Why It Is Essential To Go Ahead With Electoral Activities – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria (INEC) has elucidated why it is necessary for Nigeria to proceed with electoral activities in the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As said by INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, health authorities in Nigeria have put forward guidelines on how public institutions can keep safe their workforce and harmlessly serve the public interest.
He made the comments at the first virtual consultative meeting of the commission with Civil Society Organisations which was held on Tuesday.
Yakubu trust the nation’s democracy and electoral activities cannot be abridged as a result of the pandemic.
Taking on the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) established on the advisory from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and global health authorities.
The INEC boss disclosed that the electoral leaders has put together a policy document on how electoral activities can proceed while tackling the risk to all involved in the process.
He also pointed that some political parties have informed INEC of the dates for their primaries, adding that this marked the formal starting point of the process for the Edo State governorship election scheduled for September 19.