The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said it will meet next week Thursday to review the situation in its offices across the country and adopt a clear road map and guidelines for resumption of activities in line with the announcement by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The electoral body said that is it observing protocol as regard to the conduct of governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.
According to the commission, they are doing everything possible to observe critical protocols that will make for the seamless and gradual restoration of normalcy in the commission which will also pave the way for the conduct of by-elections in Imo and Plateau States.
A statement issued by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr Festus Okoye, said the electoral body met Thursday and deliberated on a number of issues, including preparations for the conduct of Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections, the upcoming bye elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Plateau States and plans for resumption of normal activities.
“The Commission noted the advisory and protocols outlined by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on combating COVID-19 on the gradual easing of lockdown from Monday 4 May 2020 and decided as follows:
“The exact date for the step-by-step resumption of normal activities in the Headquarters, State and Local Government offices will be communicated to staff, our stakeholders and the public after the Commission’s meeting on Thursday 7 May 2020.
“Staff earlier designated for the provision of essential services are to continue with their work. All stakeholders are advised to wait for further communication from the Commission on resumption of normal activities.
“The Commission understands and appreciates the need for timely resumption of activities in view of the Governorship Elections in Edo and Ondo States and the bye-elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Plateau States and is doing everything possible to observe critical protocols that will make for the seamless and gradual restoration of normalcy,” the statement added