Edo 2020: INEC to recruit 20,000 as ad-hoc staff

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– Ahead of the Edo governorship election, 20,000 staff would be deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

– Professor Bolade Eyinla, the Technical Advisor to INEC Chairman said the recruitment of the ad-hoc staff would be done through INEC’s portal

– Eyinla also noted that a larger percentage of the number of the ad-hoc staff would be made up of corps members

Not less than 20,000 ad-hoc staff would be deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of the Edo state governorship election on September 19. The technical advisor to the INEC chairman, Professor Bolade Eyinla, disclosed this during a virtual meeting with journalists in Edo state, Vanguard reports.

According to Eyinla, the commission through its portal will recruit the ad-hoc staff which would be made up of mostly National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Edo state.

He added that the remaining workers would be selected from the INEC ad-hoc recruitment portal.

NYSC members serving in Edo will constitute a large percentage of the workers. Source: UGC “The youth corps members will constitute the larger percentage because they will be deployed mostly as presiding officers. The online recruitment is essential to create a database of election workers toward the conduct of the election,” he said. This is coming after the electoral body disclosed that it has shelved the idea of suspending the governorship election after political parties complied with its notice over threats of violence. Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner for information and chairman of voter education, made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 12 on Channels TV. He assured Nigerians that the September 19 Edo governorship election will go ahead as planned. The INEC official said that the commission has observed that political parties toned down from the threats of violence ahead with the poll.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the allegations that its deputy governorship candidate in the Edo governorship election, Abudu Ganiyu Audu provided false information to INEC. The party in a statement on Tuesday, August 11, argued that Audu is duly qualified to seek election as deputy governor of Edo state.

Ehiogie West-Idahosa, the chairman of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s legal team described the allegations against Audu as malicious and a false narrative.

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