Preparation is in top gear as the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is clearing all ground and making her beds towards the forthcoming election in Ondo state. INEC has further disclosed that it will recruit not fewer than 17, 000 ad hoc staff for the state election.
According to the commission, the recruits comprised 15,000 corps members and 5,000 undergraduates of the federal higher institutions in the country.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made this known in Akure, the state capital at a workshop organised for journalists on Wednesday. Noting that adequate measure had been put in place as the election will not be postponed for any reason.
The commission would also engage civil servants and heads of tertiary institutions as collation and presiding officers, noting that the staff of the commission would not be part of the exercise.
“INEC will provide moral and policy guides for the election. We will deploy 17,000 ad-hoc staff, 15,000 of them will be corps members and students of higher institutions. No INEC staff will be engaged. But staff of parastatals, agencies, and commissions would be engaged as returning officers. No collation officer will come from the federal tertiary institutions in Ondo State. It is Nigerians that will conduct this election. The pandemic has not stopped from doing our work.” Okoye said.
The commission further stated that it will not be leaving any stone unturned on COVID19. Noting that though the government have relaxed the lockdown; but the commission will put all measures in place to further curb the spread of the virus in the country and most especially in Onda State.
“Voters without face masks will not be allowed to vote on the election days. We urged the voters to cooperate with our officials and the security agents at the polling centres,” he added.