In preparation for the forthcoming governorship elections in Ondo and Edo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10, respectively, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, May 13, ordered its Edo and Ondo State offices to reopen immediately
INEC also advised its state and Local Government offices nationwide to maintain high hygiene standards, observe social distancing, and ensure persons without face masks were not allowed into any of its premises.
In a release via its Facebook page on Wednesday in its ‘Guidelines for Resumption after COVID-19 Lockdown’, the Commission directed its staff to work three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 8am and 2pm.
INEC also advised those who do not have personal means of transportation to work from home.
The electoral umpire stated, “Ondo and Edo State offices should reopen immediately due to the upcoming gubernatorial elections in consultation with the relevant State Governments for issuance of necessary permits.
“Funds required to meet the hygiene protocols, decontamination, hand sanitisers, etc) will be made available to these two state offices as soon as possible and to all other state offices as the need arises.
“All staff above age 58 with underlying medical conditions (hypertension, diabetes, asthma, renal and hepatic diseases) should work from home.
“Pregnant staff and nursing mothers should work from home.”