INEC clears air on non-payment of ad-hoc staff's allowances

INEC clears air on non-payment of ad-hoc staff's allowances

- INEC ad-hoc staff who are yet to receive their allowances have been advised to rectify their bank account details

- The commission's head of voters education and publicity said those who were yet to receive their allowances have issues with their bank details

- Imahiyereobo said the commission was not responsible for the delay in the payment of the allowances

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised ad-hoc staff yet to receive their allowances to rectify their bank account details.

Vanguard reports the electoral body made the advice on Wednesday, April 17, adding that those who were yet to receive their allowances have issues with their bank details.

Legit.ng gathered that the commission's head of voters education and publicity, Osaretin Imahiyereobo, said they were working on the complaints by the ad-hoc staff.

“We have heard complaints that some ad hoc staff, yet to receive their allowances. Our checks reveal that those in that category have issues with their bank details. They should rectify that," he said.

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Imahiyereobo advised the workers to come to the commission’s office to reconcile the bank details so as to ease the payment.

The INEC official spoke during a Town Hall Meeting organised by Search for Common Ground, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Jos, the capital of Plateau.

He said the commission was not responsible for the delay in the payment of the allowances, adding that, “INEC is not at fault in this matter. The ad-hoc staff have themselves to blame because some of them did not give their correct bank account details.

“We are advising anyone who has not received his or her allowances to come forward to the commission to rectify his or her bank account number. Once that is done, the allowances will be received without delay.”

Imahiyereobo also spoke on the issue of inconclusive elections and attributed it to some challenges bordering on the conduct of politicians and voters.

According to him, “inconclusive elections happened because we had issues that called for that and we had to allow it for peace to reign.’’

Also speaking, Godwin Okoko, an election observer, said that there were issues with the just concluded 2019 elections that needed a deeper appraisal to forestall such pitfalls in future exercises.

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Okoko challenged the stakeholders to appraise the election exercise and suggest measures toward improved polls that would deepen Nigeria’s democracy.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the INEC ad-hoc staff given the responsibility of distributing voting materials in 25 wards under Ikeja local government area of Lagos state have refused to carry out their duties.

It was reported that the protesting ad-hoc staff, many of whom were corps members, insisted that they won’t go to the polling units to commence voting process until they are paid the N20,000 they are meant to collect.

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