The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has directed its offices in Edo and Ondo states to reopen, ahead of the governorship elections slated for September and October respectively in both states.
The directive was contained in the guidelines for resumption released by INEC on Tuesday, saying that the funds required to meet the hygiene protocols would be made available to the two state offices as soon as possible.
The guideline reads: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issues these guidelines for resumption of duty after the COVID-19 lockdown, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This is in line with the presidential directive of April 26, 2020 to gradually ease the lockdown measures imposed on the FCT Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states since March 30, 2020.
“These guidelines, though consistent with those issued by the Federal Government/Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, also aim to reflect peculiarities of the commission nationwide. The guidelines cover areas such as hygiene and personal health, sanitation within office premises, distancing measures and related matters for the headquarters and state offices of the commission.”
It said the use of face masks is compulsory throughout the offices of the commission for all workers, visitors and contractors at all times, adding that no official or visitor should be allowed into the commission without face mask.
“The INEC clinic and sickbay workers will be provided with and trained in the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and early detection of COVID-19 symptoms.
“Specific guidelines will be made available to relevant workers handling the thermometer at the entrances on early detection of suspected cases,” the guideline said, adding that congregational prayers in the mosque and chapel have been prohibited for the time being.
It directed that “all workers above 58 years with underlying medical conditions (hypertension, diabetes, asthma, renal and hepatic diseases,) should work from home.”