- INEC has debunked reports claiming several ad hoc workers who signed up for the Anambra election have resigned
- The national electoral commission says it has adequate manpower for the conduct of November 6 gubernatorial poll
- Recall that workers scheduled to conduct the poll on November 6, declined to join the exercise due to fear of attacks by IPOB members
Anambra - A report by Daily Nigerian indcates that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) denied reports of its ad hoc staff recruited for the governorship election in Anambra resigning.
Dr Nwachukwu Orji, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in reaction said the commission has adequate manpower.
Orji in an interview on Tuesday, October 26, in Awka said there was no truth in the viral media report.
INEC ad hoc staff resign
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Bus drivers who signed up to dispatch election materials to different centres have equally stated they are no longer interested in the highly anticipated poll.
This development is coming less than two weeks to when residents of the southeast state would elect a new governor.
The majority of the recruited workers and drivers on Monday, October 25, said they were no longer interested in the job for fear of their lives.
It was gathered that the decision of the workers to quit is following threats issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
More ad hoc staff to be recruited
In another report by Vanguard, INEC revealed it began the process of recruiting 26,000 ad hoc staff for 5, 720 polling units in the state.
Orji speaking with the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Abuja, said the ad hoc staff would be selected from various tertiary institutions.
The REC explained that the commission was not satisfied with the number of ad hoc staff it got during an online recruitment process.
Anambra Election: NSA Monguno issues strong warning to IPOB members
In a previous report by Legit.ng, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, on Monday, October 25, issued a stern warning to IPOB members.
Monguno, at the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) meeting in Abuja, warned those with plans of disrupting the election to steer clear of the polling areas.
Anambra LP guber candidate’s whereabouts unknown few weeks to election
Meanwhile, Obiora Agbasimelo, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the November 6, 2021 election in Anambra state is missing, fuelling speculations that he has been kidnapped.
At the time of going to press, the whereabouts of Agbasimelo was unknown. The emergence of the lawyer and brother to the founder of the popular foundation, Oga Ndi Oga as LP’s governorship candidate came on the heels of crisis in the party.
The crisis reportedly threw up a faction and the erstwhile leading aspirant, a military officer, Nnamdi Nnoruka, was allegedly kidnapped and moved around parts of the state in the booth of his car.