INEC ad hoc staff besiege Owerri office, protest non inclusion in electoral duties

INEC ad hoc staff besiege Owerri office, protest non inclusion in electoral duties

- Some INEC ad hoc staff have besieged the electoral commission's Owerri office to protest over alleged non inclusion in the elections duties

- The protesters alleged that the electoral commission was biased in favor of FUTO staff

- INEC, however, denied the claims; stating that collation officers would be needed after the elections and would be notified to that effect

Some trained ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Saturday, February 23, besieged the electoral office over alleged non inclusion in the elections duties.

The ad hoc staff numbering about 300 persons besieged the INEC office in Owerri, awaiting information from INEC officials, NAN reports.

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Echetama, a staff of the Alvan Ikoku Federal college of Education Owerri said they had been at the INEC premises since the eve of the elections.

He alleged that INEC had failed to publish any list of ad hoc staff for the elections, leaving them in the dark.

“We learnt that only staff of the Federal University of Technology Owerri will be needed in the elections,” he said .

He also lamented that if they were not shortlisted for the work they would be stranded as a result of the restriction in movement.

Reacting, the INEC public relations officer, Mrs Emmanuela Okpara said, collation officers would be needed after the elections, adding that selected ad hoc staffers would receive text messages to that effect.

She also denied the alleged preference for FUTO staff for the election.

Also speaking, Leonard Uzoma, a staff of FUTO, said he spent the night at the INEC office in Imo.

Uzoma, who said he applied to work as a returning officer, said he received a text from INEC by 8am, directing him to report at the office for his posting.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that INEC directed its resident electoral commissioner in Cross River to remove the names of all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the ballot for the general elections.

The REC, Dr Frankland Briyai disclosed this to newsmen in Calabar.

According to him, the decision was in compliance with a Federal High Court order which recognises the Etim John-led State Executive Council of the party. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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