INEC To Deploy 20,000 Ad-hoc Staff For Edo Election

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that no fewer than 20,000 ad-hoc staff would be used for the conduct of the September 19 governorship poll in Edo State.

Prof. Bolade Eyinla, the Technical Advisor to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this yesterday during a virtual meeting with journalists in Edo organised by the International Press Council, IPC, on the role of journalists in Edo election.

Eyinla said the recruitment of the 20, 000 ad-hoc staff would be done through INEC’s portal which he said had been opened.

He said that National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members serving in Edo would constitute a larger percentage of the number, adding that the rest would be selected from the INEC ad-hoc recruitment portal.

The Technical Advisor also revealed that INEC has also come up with a code of conduct and rules of engagement for the security agencies.

Eyinla added that the commission had designed an election policy within the context of the conduct of election in a pandemic.

He revealed that the number of registered voters in Edo is 2, 210,534, the number of PVCs collected is 1,735,910, while the number of uncollected PVCs is 483,868.

He further said that the uncollected PVCs have been deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for safe keeping so that nobody can have access to them.

Eyinla concluded saying that INEC is going to be conducting elections in 2, 627 polling units in 192 wards in Edo.

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