INEC suspends activities nationwide amid rising coronavirus cases

INEC suspends activities nationwide amid rising coronavirus cases

- More government agencies are shutting down amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country

- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended all activities in its headquarters and across the nation

- The commissioner explained that this is in line with the governments' directive as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19

Following the rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, INEC has suspended all activities in its headquarters at Abuja and offices across the country.

According to Daily Trust, Festus Okoye, the national commissioner, and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), revealed this on Monday, March 23.

However, Okoye noted that the suspension does not affect the gubernatorial polls in Edo and Ondo state slated for September 19 and October 10, 2020 respectively.

The commissioner further explained that the preventive measure is in line with the federal and state governments' directive to curb the spread of the disease.

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu
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The IVEC chairman went on to reiterate the commission’s commitment to openness, consultation and continued communication with its stakeholders. Okoye noted that the wellbeing of all INEC staff and the general public are of paramount importance to the commission’s management.

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Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported that there are four new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

The NCDC via its official Twitter account late Monday, March 23, revealed that the three of the confirmed cases are from Lagos state while one is from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja bringing the total number of cases to 40.

The tweet read: “Four new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. 3 are in Lagos state and 1 in FCT."

In a related development, as part of its measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, the federal government has asked public servants to work from home from Tuesday, March 24.

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The directive was given by Mrs Yemi Esan, the head of service ​of the federation, in a memo circulated to public servants on Monday, March 23.

The memo informed that public servants on level 12 should stay away from work while those who would remain at work should limit the number of visitors that they receive.

Recall that the federal government shut down three international airports as part of its strategic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus across the country. The airports are; Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers.

On Wednesday, March 18, the Nigerian Senate urged the government to shut down all international airports except the Lagos and Abuja airports for easier monitoring of the viral disease.

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