Oct 18, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Limited alcohol sales and relaxed curfew: Here’s what voting day under lockdown could look like

The Ministry of Health has issued recommendations that the government should take into account in local elections.

The elections are due to take place on November 1st and millions are expected to vote

The recommendations were made by the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) late last month and suggested that the curfew should be relaxed and alcohol sales reduced on election day .

This is how your election day could develop if the recommendations are approved:

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The recommendation states the role of the police in compliance enforcement needs to be emphasized.

“Rallies and door-to-door campaigns in the run-up to the elections could lead to outbreak clusters and compliance with public health and social regulations take measures and the requirements for Covid-19 management must be monitored by the electoral commission (IEC), “it said.

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The MAC recommended that all pre-election activities, including rallies and campaign rallies, consistently apply the convention limit. < / p>

“However, such restrictions and curfews should be relaxed on election day so that all eligible voters can cast their votes before midnight,” it says

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“The restriction on alcohol sales on election day should be taken into account,” said the MAC.

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The MAC said that the IEC guidelines should be in line with the guidelines in the recommendation as well as the applicable health and safety regulations. < / p>

“For employees who work at polling stations, control and occupational safety regulations should apply. At polling stations in schools, IEC staff should clean up and remove waste material so that they do not have to visit the polling station the next day that normal school operations can resume.

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The IEC must enforce all public health and social measures, including wearing masks, social distancing, hand disinfection and increased ventilation in all indoor and outdoor areas.

“These must be made clear to the public and all political parties. These public health and social measures apply regardless of whether a member of the public has been vaccinated, ”said the MAC.

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The MAC recommended that the misting is not an effective measure Containment of the spread of Covid-19 and should not be done at polling stations and consideration should be given to providing an alternative to ink pens that are used to touch the thumbs of multiple voters.

“The IEC must ensure masking, ventilation, disinfection and other public health and social measures in wards and in washing facilities. The police must ensure that public health and social measures are followed outside of the polling stations. A Covid-19 compliance officer could be provided at each polling station together with the election supervisor “, it says

” The efforts to promote vaccine uptake in the time before the elections should be reinforced. Consideration should be given to identifying vaccination options, e.g. B. Offer vaccinations at polling stations, ”said the MAC.