- No fewer than 18,000 ad-hoc staff would be needed for a smooth conduct of the 2019 general elections in Enugu state
- According to the INEC, most of the ad-hoc staff would be made up of NYSC members
- The commission said training of the staff would commence later in January, 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would need 18,000 ad-hoc staff for a hitch-free running of the 2019 general elections in Enugu state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, in the state, Emeka Ononamadu, made this known while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, January 15, as he also said much of the 18,000 ad-hoc staff would be sourced from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
He said: "INEC in Enugu state requires a total of 18,000 ad-hoc staff for the 2019 polls; made up of 16,438 active and 1,562 ad-hoc staff.
"This is to ensure that INEC does not in any way allow an untrained ad-hoc staff to take part in the conduct of 2019 general elections in the state.
"As you are aware, the full compliments of staff per voting location are four ad-hoc staff, excluding security officials."
While speaking on getting a bulk of the staff from NYSC, he said the service corps has over 15,000 members in the state, and that "the balance will be sourced from federal tertiary institutions in the state".
The commissioner also said there are 260 political wards in the state’s 17 local government areas in the state.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC had released the regulations and guidelines for the conduct of the general elections.
The 33 page document from the commission in Abuja on Monday, January 14, said Smart Card Readers (SCRs) and Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would be used for the forthcoming elections.
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