- Some workers of INEC in Rivers state said they are no more comfortable working in the state
- The officers cited electoral violence as one of their reasons for seeking transfer
- INEC public affairs officer in the state, however, said she was not aware of their plea
Some workers of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Rivers state have demanded a change of their official duties due to electoral violence witnessed in the state during the just concluded 2019 general elections.
The Cable reports that one of the officers, identified simply as Cordelia said the workers panic heightened after Amakiri Ibisaki, an ad hoc staff, was shot dead while returning from election duty during the February 23 presidential poll.
Cordelia was quoted as saying: “Majority of us are considering applying for transfer from Rivers State to any other state close to it. This is because of violence. For the past four to five years now, every election in the state has been marred by violence.
“It is not like that in other neighbouring states. Remember that an INEC ad hoc worker lost her life. We learnt that she was shot by a soldier. We are afraid and that is why some of us may begin to seek transfer soon.”
Another employee who sought anonymity said they are manipulated by politicians, thugs and security agents, adding that they may not participate in the 2023 elections.
He said: “I don’t think some of us can be part of the conduct of another election in 2023. The level of violence in the state during election is disturbing.
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“We are INEC staff, but politicians, security agents and thugs intimidate us during election period.”
Ekelemu Geraldine, INEC public affairs officer in the state, however, said she was not aware of the move.
She said: “I’m not aware of that and besides, it will be in their personal files and we do not have access to people’s personal files. If there is any such, I am not aware."
Recall that Legit.ng reported that about 15 people were shot dead in Rivers state during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The victims lost their lives in violence that erupted at Akuku Toru local government area of the state. The reports claimed that the voting process was affected by the development.
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