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COVID-19: INEC to decide resumption on May 7

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would decide whether to resume normal activities after its meeting on May 7.

This followed the Federal Government’s planned gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown from next Monday.

INEC National Commissioner, Mr Festus Okoye, said in a statement after a meeting of the management, that the Commission noted the advisory and protocols outlined by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on combating COVID-19.

Okoye stated that INEC would review the situation in its offices across the country when it meets on May 7, 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,” said the National Commissioner.

He advised election stakeholders 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,” he assured.

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