The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has advised members in Nasarawa State to observe Covid-19 protocols setup by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) during the forthcoming Nasarawa state NUJ council election scheduled to hold on Thursday July 2.
In a statement signed by Mr. Wilson Bako, Zone-D National Vice President of the NUJ and made available to newsmen in Lafia, the Union warned that any member who breach the Covid-19 protocols during the election risked disenfranchisement.
He warned that all members must use face masks and the union would provide hand sanitisers and water with soap as well as ensure that physical distancing would be strictly maintained during the election.
The statement further explained that the election of new officials into the various positions of NUJ, Nasarawa State Council would be under the strict supervision of the National officers of the Union.
The election, according to the statement, would hold at the NUJ Press Centre Lafia along Markurdi Road, by 9:00am on Thursday July 2.
Bako explained that only journalists that have fully been registered would be allowed to vote for the candidates of their choice.
The Vice President Zone-D advised journalists in the state to come along with professional identity cards while those that have registered and are yet to received their identity cards should come along with their bank tellers as evidence for their registration.
He advised non journalists to stay away from the venue of the election as law enforcement agents will deal decisively with persons who might want to storm the venue of the election to torment trouble.
The Vice President directed chapels leadership to mobilized their members to the venue of the election as late comers might risk their opportunity of voting candidates for their candidates.
He also advised journalists in the state to conduct themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner during and after the elections, bearing in mind the fact that they are the mirror of the society.