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Published On: Fri, May 1st, 2020

INEC meets May 7 over Edo, Ondo, considers resumption

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By Lateef Ibrahim

The management of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resolved to meet on Thursday, 7th of May, to review the situation in its offices across the country and adopt a clear roadmap and guidelines for resumption of activities in line with the announcement by the Presidential Task Force (PTF).
The Commission made the disclosure in a statement yesterday by its National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, after a crucial meeting in Abuja.
The exact date for the step-by-step resumption of normal activities in the Headquarters, State and Local Government offices, the statement showed, will be communicated to staff, stakeholders and the public after the Commission’s meeting on Thursday 7 May 2020.
The statement directed that staff earlier designated for the provision of essential services are to continue with their work.
It advised all stakeholders to wait for further communication from the Commission on resumption of normal activities.
The Commission, according to the statement, 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 by Barrister Okoye reads, “Independent National Electoral Commission met today (yesterday), Thursday 30 April 2020, 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 Commission will meet on Thursday 7 May 2020 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 PTF.
“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”, it said.

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