- Several ad hoc staff who were employed for the last general elections in Anambra have not been paid their allowances by INEC
- The staff took their protest to the commission's office in Awka but were denied access into the premises
- The head of voter education and publicity, Leo Nkedife, asked that the staff exercise patience as they would be paid soon
Several ad hoc staff engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the last general elections in Anambra protested on Tuesday, March 19, over the non-payment of their allowances.
The aggrieved staffs went to the commission’s offices in Awka to ask for their payment, but were denied entry into the premises by security operatives, The Nation reports.
Ikechukwu Mike, the spokesman of the protesters, said they took to their complaint to the person in charge of payment but nothing was done. Mike said the INEC staff only compiled their names and got their bank details.
He said they have not been paid their allowances after two weeks the elections they were employed for had been concluded.
He said: “Some of the people you see here worked in distant communities to Awka. Some borrowed money to transport themselves here.
“When we first reported here, we were directed to the local government areas where we worked, but it became difficult to see the ROs we are supposed to see there.
“Many of us decided to undertake the risky venture of being part of the exercise because of financial challenges facing us.
“It’s unthinkable that after taking such huge risks, we would be left alone to our fate. And it appears INEC is not serious about addressing our plight.”
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The INEC head of voter education and publicity, Leo Nkedife, asked the ad hoc staff to be patient as they would be paid soon.
“Their voucher for payment is being processed. They will soon receive their allowances,” he said.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that INEC said it concluded the identification and recruitment of 814,453 ad hoc staff for the forthcoming general elections.
The chairman of the electoral commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, during his presentation to the National Council of State at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja on Tuesday, January 22, said the commission also made arrangements for the timely receipt and speedy distribution of sensitive materials.
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