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COVID-19 Forces INEC To Suspend Regular Activities

Festus Okoye, INEC Nationwide Commissioner


The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has suspended common actions in the interim. 

That is in line with an announcement by Festus Okoye, INEC’s Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman, Info and Voter Training Committee.

Mr Okoye acknowledged that the transfer was in view of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the preventive and containment measures put in place by the Federal and State Governments and in keeping with the advisory on social distancing from the World Well being Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).

The INEC spokesman famous that the Fee has taken some further measures to guard its workers, guests and most of the people.

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Among the measures taken embody that, “Efficient from Tuesday 24th March 2020, all common and non-essential actions can be suspended in its headquarters and workplaces nationwide for 14 days within the first occasion.

“The common quarterly conferences with Stakeholders, specifically: Political Events, Civil Society Organisations, the Media, Safety Businesses and all different conferences, have been suspended till such a time when normalcy returns.

“As well as, the Fee will not monitor the conventions, congresses, conferences or conferences of political events till additional discover.”

The Commissioner reiterated the Fee’s dedication to openness, session and continued communication with its stakeholders and expects all to grasp the emergency scenario that knowledgeable the suspension of contact engagements.

He acknowledged that the well being and wellbeing of all INEC workers, officers and most of the people are of paramount significance to the Fee.

Mr Okoye, nonetheless, famous that however the measures outlined, the Fee will proceed to fulfill through non-physical contact channels whereas communication between the Fee and its stakeholders will stay open.

He emphasised that the brand new measures taken don’t have an effect on the actions for Edo and Ondo governorship elections scheduled for 19th September and 10th October 2020 respectively.

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