NCDC tells Edo, Ondo aspirants to make use of virtual campaigns

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has recommended that politicians should consider virtual campaigns where applicable for the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States as well as other pending elections.

The recommendation is contained in a document titled, ‘Guidelines for conducting elections during the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria’, released on Monday.

While the Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed the governorship election in Edo State for September 19, the election in Ondo State is scheduled for October 10.

There are states where local government elections or supplementary elections will be holding to fill vacancies in state Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly.

“Where applicable, virtual campaigns and rallies are encouraged. This can be done using televised or radio campaigns, and mobile vans,” the document read.

The NCDC urged politicians to adhere to codes of conduct developed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, including public health and social measures expected at rallies and election locations, through relevant communication channels – posters, TV and radio jingles.

In the event that there must be rallies, the centre recommended that all pre-emptive measures, including the compulsory use of face masks, should be adopted.

It recommended the utilisation of one-third of the actual capacity of venues.

The centre said the only way to conduct elections without putting any one at risk of contracting Covid-19 was to comply with all protective measures at all times.

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