Edo 2020: Massive Turnout of Voters at Polling Units …Presiding Officers Insist on no Face Masks, no Voting

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As Edo elects its governor, a large turnout of voters has been reported across all polling units in Esan West Local Government Area of the state.

Most of the voters arrived the various polling units before officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Some of the polling units visited include those in Ward 6 (Ogbomoide Primary School) with polling units 6,7 & 8, and polling units 3, 4 & 5 (Central Primary School) all in Iruekpen, Esan West.

Others include polling Unit 2 in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School) in Ekpoma which has six voting points.

Accreditation of voters and voting, commenced as scheduled at these polling units as it was also learnt that electoral materials and officials arrived on time at the polling units.

Security personnel were visible in all the polling units visited.

Also at the polling units, were Policemen as well as personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Meanwhile, Presiding Officers in the Edo governorship election have said no electorate will be allowed to vote without wearing a face mask in compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols.

They also insist on adherence to social distancing as provided in the guidelines for the conduct of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Oyesanmi Ezekiel, the presiding officer at Central Primary School, Iruekpen, told eligible voters to wear face masks before voting in units 3, 4 and 5 at Iruekpen.

As part of efforts to ensure compliance with social distancing, Ezekiel marked out areas that the electorate could stand before being allowed to vote.

He said as part of effort to stem against the spread of Covid-19 virus, INEC provided them with infrared thermometers, medicated spirit and hand sanitisers.

“The medicated spirit will be used to clean the card reader as well as fingers of each voters before voting,”.

The situation, however, was not the same at Ward 5 Unit 2, where voters did not observe INEC guidelines on social distancing for the poll.

But in Emaudo Ward 4, Unit 14, Esan West Local Government, both voters and INEC officials complied with the protocols.

Hawkers of face masks used the no face masks no voting to make quick money across the various polling units visited.

The face masks sellers who sell each mask for N100, witnessed high patronage from voters who came without one.

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