The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted on the compulsory use of face mask during the August 8 by-election of Nasarawa Central Constituency.
Resident Electoral Commissioner in Nasarawa State, Mr Uthman Ajidagba, made the disclosure at a stakeholders meeting with political parties, security agencies struggle and other stakeholders on Wednesday, in Lafia.
According to him, the Commission is determined to observe COVID-19 protocols setup by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) during the by-election and any other elections that would be conducted while the pandemic last.
The Commissioner noted that the by-election was as a result of the death of the former member representing Nasarawa Central Constituency, Suleiman Adamu who died in May this year.
“We are going into an election in only one constituency. This exercise is unique with different features and conducts because of the prevailing health challenges.
“Since we are desirous of fulfilling our constitutional duties, we have devised means of guaranteeing safety of personnel and electorates during the voting process,” he said.
Ajidagba also said that the Commission would provide alcohol based hand sanitisers, infrared thermometers and enforce physical distances among others.
He pledged that the Commission would be neutral in ensuring that anyone that wins is declared irrespective of his political party.
On his part, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, who spoke on behalf of other security agencies, said that they would be neutral and would do their job without fear of favour.
He, however, advised voters to observe COVID-19 protocols during the election as violators would not be allowed to participate in the exercise.
ExpressDay observed that the meeting was attended by representatives of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), security agencies, among others.