Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), has called on all political parties, State governments and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols in the conduct of all political events in the country.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha.
According the statement, Political gatherings serve as super-spreader events for the propagation of COVID-19 infection in communities noting that such events must be carefully controlled to ensure maximum public safety.
The statement reiterates the significance of the publicized INEC policy on the conduct of political events and the Code of Conduct for Voters and Political Parties within the context of COVID-19.
The PSC therefore cautions all political stakeholders to institute public health and social measures in all locations where political events will occur such as Mandatory use of face mask, Hand hygiene facilities should be made available for people before gaining access to the venues and Enclosed venues should be adequately ventilated and must not exceed 50% of venue capacity (minimum of 2 metres should be observed among people at the gathering).
Also, If possible multiple locations or time-slotting should be used with appropriate numbers of people to enable adequate physical distancing.