The Electoral Commission’s Measures to Curb and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

The Electoral Commission (EC) has given an indication of the safety protocols it hopes to abide by if it begins the registration exercise for the compilation of a new electoral roll. The process to compile a new roll has currently been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among other things, it will be mandatory to wear face masks at the registration centres, people’s temperature will be checked before one is allowed into the registration centre and there will be running water available for handwashing, according to an artwork posted on the Commission’s social media pages.

Queues are to have one-metre gaps between persons lining up to register, the scanners will be sanitised and persons who complete the registration process will also be provided with hand sanitiser before they leave the centre. It earlier assured that the necessary precautions have been put in place to ensure safety in the execution of its mandate.

“The Commission is however sensitive to the current state of affairs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will abide by the necessary precautions and safety protocols in the execution of its mandate when it deems it appropriate to begin the compilation of the register,” the EC clarified in its statement.

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