EC, NIA not covered under COVID-19 restrictions – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has clarified that the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) are not covered under the restrictions he imposed on institutions and Ghanaians in the wake of COVID-19.

In an address to the nation on measures taken to combat the virus by government, the President said the EC and NIA are to undertake their operations but should observe social distancing and other 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”.

He warned institutions that fail to comply will be punished.

Meanwhile, the President has partially lifted the restrictions on educational and religious organisations in the country.

According to him, final year students in the various stages of education in the country are to return to school this month.

In his 10th address to the nation since the coronavirus outbreak, the President said personal hygiene protocol will be enforced in the various schools and organisations where the restrictions have been lifted.

Meanwhile, Ghana has recorded over 8000 cases of COVID-19 with close to 3000 recoveries and 36 deaths.

Below are details of the case count in Ghana

Greater Accra Region – 5,512

Ashanti Region – 1,184

Western North Region – 67

Upper East Region – 26

Upper West Region – 22

Source: Ghana/