The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to work out modalities for the ramping up of activities for the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections.
The Commission rose from an extended meeting held at its headquarters in Abuja, banning staff above 58-years-old, pregnant women, nursing mothers and others with underlying health conditions from resuming.
In a statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the Commission promised to carry out comprehensive decontamination of its National Headquarters, its annexe at Blantyre Street, the Electoral Institute and its Area 10 office housing its staff clinic.
The statement reads:
“INEC met on Thursday and deliberated on the step by step protocol for the resumption of activities and operations as well as preparations for the conduct of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections and other pending Senatorial and State Assembly bye-elections.
“The Commission resolved as follows: To carry out comprehensive decontamination of its National Headquarters, annexe at Blantyre Street, the Electoral Institute and its Area 10 office housing its staff clinic.
“To follow the Federal Government Guidelines on resumption protocols and procedure by providing infrared thermometers, soap and water at entrances and installing hand sanitizer dispensers at strategic points in the Commission.
“To train its staff, particularly the cleaners and office assistants on cleaning protocols and strict compliance with Federal Government Guidelines as well as its own specific protocols for resumption.
“To issue comprehensive Guidelines for the first phase of its resumption in compliance with the directives of the Federal Government and health authorities. These guidelines will be posted on its notice boards and uploaded on the website of the Commission on Monday, May 11, 2020.
“That Directors and other designated Staff of the various Departments will resume at the National Headquarters on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, after the decontamination of the premises and provision of necessary amenities as outlined earlier in this statement.
“Only staff below 58 years of age with no serious underlying health issues will resume, while pregnant women, nursing mothers and all other staff with underlying health conditions should remain at home for the time being.
“The Commission will work out modalities for the ramping up of activities in two of the States where it has governorship elections (Edo and Ondo) and will liaise with the security agencies and health authorities on resumption of work in the two States as soon as possible.
“The Commission will resume engagement with Political Parties, Civil Society Groups and Organizations, the media and other stakeholders in relation to the Edo and Ondo governorship elections. The modalities for these engagements will be worked out and considered at its next meeting on May 14, 2020.”