- INEC says it has concluded the identification and recruitment of 814,453 ad hoc staff for the forthcoming general elections
- The chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said training for the newly-recruited staff was scheduled to commence on Wednesday, January 23
- Yakubu added that INEC would conduct and deliver credible elections by safeguarding and defending the transparency and integrity of the electoral process
The National Council of State has been informed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it has concluded the identification and recruitment of 814,453 ad hoc staff for the forthcoming general elections.
The chairman of the electoral commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, during his presentation to the National Council of State at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja on Tuesday, January 22, said INEC has also made arrangements for the timely receipt and speedy distribution of sensitive materials, Punch reports.
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Legit.ng gathers that Yakubu said: “The 2015 general election was a watershed in the history of our democracy. INEC is fully aware of the enormity of conducting the 2019 general elections and will spare no effort at safeguarding the integrity and credibility of our elections and the consolidation of our democracy.
“The identifications and recruitment of 814,453 ad hoc staff for the election is concluded and training will commence on January 23 (Wednesday).
“The 2019 general elections will be the largest single-day peacetime logistics and security undertaken by the commission since 1999 with 84 million voters, 91 political parties, 23, 213 candidates vying for 1,558 positions, involving over 814,000 electoral officials.
“The conduct and delivery of credible elections by safeguarding and defending the transparency and integrity of the electoral process is a sacred duty that the commission will discharge honourably within constitutional and legal framework in order to nurture, sustain and continuously deepen democracy in our country.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) alleged that there were plans by INEC to adopt beneficiaries of the federal government’s N-Power programme as ad-hoc staff in the polls.
The allegation was made by the coalition's first national spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, in a statement released on Sunday, January 20.
Ikenga said INEC had already started recruiting the N-Power beneficiaries, and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the electoral umpire to order immediately.
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