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The Independent National Electoral Commission has ordered its Edo and Ondo State offices to reopen “ immediately” in preparation for the upcoming governorship elections scheduled for September 19 and October 10 , respectively .

The electoral umpire stated this on Wednesday in its “ Guidelines for Resumption after COVID – 19 Lockdown ” released via Facebook .

It directed its staff to work three days a week on Mondays , Wednesdays , and Fridays between 8 am and 2 pm while advising those who do not have personal means of transportation to work from home .

INEC 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 . ”

The Commission 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 .

Reports gathered that INEC had on March 19 postponed the Bayelsa Central, Bayelsa West , Imo North, and Plateau South Senatorial bye – elections following the outbreak of coronavirus .

It also suspended regular activities on March 23 for the same reason but it , however , did not postpone the Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections .

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