Posted on Thu 19 Oct 2017, 07:33 AM

The Independent National Electoral Commission has  told the Senate Committee on INEC  that the commission would recruit about one million ad hoc members of staff for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmud Yakub said the ad hoc workers to be deployed for the polls, will be more than the 700,000 deployed in the last election with about 300,000. 

“The projected increase in the number of ad hoc (members of ) staff to be engaged in the elections by the commission arose from the need to make provisions for adequate manpower for the exercise on a general template and, specifically, to take care of peculiar needs for that purpose in some  polling units across the federation.”  

Prof. Yakub also disclosed that the commission was planning to make the five categories of disfranchised Nigerians participate in the 2019 general elections which will begin in a little over 480 days from now.  

The five categories, according to him, are the 16,000 INEC personnel, members of the civil society organisations who serve as election monitors and observers, the media,  security personnel and prison inmates.  

The INEC Chiarman assured Nigerians that the smart card readers to be deployed for the polls would function efficiently as users would be adequately trained on its usage before the election.  

 

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