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COVID-19: IEC to ensure the safety of voters on election day

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it has put in place measures to protect voters against the COVID-19 in today’s elections. 

“As per the WHO protocol, we provide gloves for all our staff that would be at the various polling stations on the election day. We provide hand sanitisers and make sure that every voter is sanitized before entering the voting grounds. We also urge everyone to put on their mask when coming to vote so as to curb the spread of the Coronavirus,” the Direct of communication at IEC, Pa Makhan Khan told Dubawa on Thursday.

He urged all eligible voters to put on face masks and abide by the WHO protocols to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

Mr Khan further indicated that special provisions have been put in place to enable persons living with disabilities and the elderly to vote without any challenges.

“Priorities will be given to persons living with disabilities, they are not allowed to queue in any circumstances and in any polling stations, they should go and vote as soon as they arrive without any issue,” he said.

The Gambia is voting today December 4 to elect a president, the first since former President Yahya Jammeh lost power in 2016. Six candidates have been approved by the IEC to contest in the elections and a total of 962,157 people have been confirmed by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as qualified voters in the presidential election.

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