EC, NIA can go ahead with their registration exercises-Prez

President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) are not covered under the restrictions he imposed on Ghanaians and institutions.

Delivering his 10th national address on the measures being implemented to contain the spread of the virus, the president said the EC and NIA can go ahead with their activities but in strict adherence with the safety protocols.

“Market places, workplaces, public transport, and constitutional and statutory bodies such as the Electoral Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education and the National Identification Authority, whose activities were exempted from the outset from these restrictions, must conduct their activities in accordance with social distancing and the necessary hygiene and safety protocols.

“Whilst we step up public education of the protocols on public gatherings, let me also state that regulatory agencies will undertake random checks to ensure conformity with these rules, and the security services will be tasked to enforce them. Should any institution fail to adhere to these directives, its activity will be immediately prohibited, and relevant sanctions applied”.

Also, conferences, workshops, political activities except rallies (limited to only 100 persons), weddings and other gatherings can resume with the appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.

Regulatory agencies he notified will undertake random checks to ensure conformity with these rules and security services will be tasked to enforce them and should any institution fail to comply, it activity will be prohibited and relevant sanctions applied.

Meanwhile, the ban on sporting events, night clubs, cinemas, drinking spots, bars, beaches festivals, funerals, political rallies and large religious gatherings such as crusades and conventions shall remain in force until July 31, 2020.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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